Welcome to the Voice of America's “News Words”.
This word is one you hear in many news stories that deal with violence:
Palestinians Thursday buried an 85-year-old man who died after inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers to disperse protesters.
Palestinian officials claiming him as the first casualty of the conflict this year.
A “casualty” is a person hurt or killed in a war or in an accident.
In war, a casualty can be a fighter who is lost through death, injury, or sickness.
It can also mean a soldier who is captured or missing in action.
Now, when you hear the word “casualty,” your English will be good enough to know what this News Word means.