- 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 citizens
Citizens, perhaps, need to feel like they can communicate something to science.
The citizens of Stevens Point defeated fluoridation by a healthy margin.
As soon as this attack [happened], Paris citizens came together to show were are not afraid, we are Charlie Hebdo.France Kills Charlie Hebdo Murderers
January 9, 2015
But the other thing that needs to be done is for us citizens to do.Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Our Duty Is to Keep Charlie Hebdo Alive
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
January 8, 2015
It is the obligation of citizens and journalists as well as governments.Why We Stand With Charlie Hebdo—And You Should Too
January 8, 2015
It is our birthright as citizens of this great Republic, and we'll meet this challenge.
We have learned to be citizens of the world, members of the human community.
Americans in need are not strangers, they are citizens, not problems, but priorities.
And our citizens, all school taught, are walking in the same darkness.A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
The American, once having made them citizens, cannot unmake them.American Notes
- 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 citizens
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.