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[sit-uh-zuh n-ree, -suh n-] /ˈsɪt ə zən ri, -sən-/
noun, plural citizenries.
citizens collectively.
Origin of citizenry
First recorded in 1810-20; citizen + -ry
Related forms
undercitizenry, noun, plural undercitizenries. Unabridged
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  • To and fro the citizenry bustled, aglow with the perfection of the weather.

    Jill the Reckless P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
  • I am supposed to arouse a citizenry on their behalf that is petrified with indifference.

    The Goose Man Jacob Wassermann
  • There was no such thing as a citizenry trained to artillery.

    Our Army at the Front Heywood Broun
  • No nation can long persist that does not have this kind of citizenry in the background.

    The Holy Earth L. H. Bailey
  • Thousands of soldiers and citizenry, in fighting array, watched the departure of the little group.

British Dictionary definitions for citizenry


noun (pl) -ries
citizens collectively
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for citizenry

"citizens collectively," 1795, from citizen + -ry.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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