- a native or naturalized member of a state or nation who owes allegiance to its government and is entitled to its protection (distinguished from alien).
- an inhabitant of a city or town, especially one entitled to its privileges or franchises.
- an inhabitant, or denizen: The deer is a citizen of our woods.
- a civilian, as distinguished from a soldier, police officer, etc.
Origin of citizen
Examples from the Web for citizen
The Pentagon said Faal served in the Air Force for seven years, during which time he became a U.S. citizen.The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country
January 6, 2015
The feisty airline is the brainchild of entrepreneur Tony Fernandes, a Malaysian of Indian descent who also is a British citizen.The Presumed Crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Is Nothing Like MH370
December 29, 2014
We see a system that will indict a 20-year-old for selling crack but not a police officer for choking the life out of a citizen.Bobby Shmurda and Rap’s Ultimate Hoop Dream
December 23, 2014
At least one parent would have to be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.The Progressive Case Against Birthright Citizenship
December 15, 2014
For them, going to Vietnam was inseparable from living up to their obligations as West Pointers and citizen soldiers.A West Point MVP Who Never Played a Down
December 13, 2014
A brazen urn was carried round, in which every citizen deposited a pebble.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
There was no such thing then as a citizen of the United States of and by itself.'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
The sentiment in the mind of every citizen is national strength.
In a republic the first rule for the guidance of the citizen is obedience to law.
In this new land, education will be every citizen's most prized possession.
- a native registered or naturalized member of a state, nation, or other political communityCompare alien
- an inhabitant of a city or town
- a native or inhabitant of any place
- a civilian, as opposed to a soldier, public official, etc
Word Origin and History for citizen
early 14c., "inhabitant of a city," from Anglo-French citezein (spelling subsequently altered, probably by influence of denizen), from Old French citeien "city-dweller, town-dweller, citizen" (12c., Modern French citoyen), from cite (see city) + -ain (see -ian). Replaced Old English burhsittend and ceasterware. Sense of "inhabitant of a country" is late 14c. Citizen's arrest recorded from 1941; citizen's band (radio) from 1947. Citizen of the world (late 15c.) translates Greek kosmopolites.