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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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  • We draw for laughter on all the almost countless racial elements that form our citizenry.

  • No nation can long persist that does not have this kind of citizenry in the background.

    The Holy Earth L. H. Bailey
  • To the citizenry with Southern sympathies, war meant bitter severance once again from Virginia.

    Seaport in Virginia Gay Montague Moore
  • Thousands of soldiers and citizenry, in fighting array, watched the departure of the little group.

  • Rhetta did not give him much time, to be sure, but ran on with her denunciation of the citizenry of the town.

    Trail's End George W. Ogden
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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