civ‧i‧li‧za‧tion also civilisation British English
1 [uncountable and countable]
a society that is well organized and developed, used especially about a particular society in a particular place or at a particular time [↪ civilized]:
modern American civilization
the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome
all the societies in the world considered as a whole:
The book explores the relationship between religion and civilization.
the dawn of civilization (=the beginning of civilization)
a place such as a city where you feel comfortable, especially because it is modern [↪ civilized]:
After a week in the mountains all I wanted to do was get back to civilization.