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[den-uh-zuh n] /ˈdɛn ə zən/
an inhabitant; resident.
a person who regularly frequents a place; habitué:
the denizens of a local bar.
British. an alien admitted to residence and to certain rights of citizenship in a country.
anything adapted to a new place, condition, etc., as an animal or plant not indigenous to a place but successfully naturalized.
verb (used with object)
to make a denizen of.
Origin of denizen
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English denisein < Anglo-French, equivalent to deinz within (Old French; see dedans) + -ein -an
Related forms
denization, denizenation, noun
denizenship, noun
undenizened, adjective Unabridged
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  • Is it to the denizen of a coal mine you apply for information about the Nassau balloon?

    Nuts and Nutcrackers Charles James Lever
  • To the denizen of the air all, save the want of oxygen, might appear divine.

  • How unlike the denizen of the desert, the voyageur of the prairie sea!

    The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
  • His range is extensive, but he is properly a denizen of the cold and snowy regions.

    The Young Voyageurs Mayne Reid
  • For every den had its denizen, and Diana roamed the earth once more.

    The Gay Rebellion Robert W. Chambers
  • It embellishes the denizen of the city, and hides the nakedness of barbarism.

  • She seemed more like a country girl than a denizen of a town or city.

    The Day of Judgment

    Joseph Hocking
  • Was it possible that the other denizen of the sooty flue could be Captain de Banyan?

    The Young Lieutenant

    Oliver Optic
British Dictionary definitions for denizen


an inhabitant; occupant; resident
(Brit) an individual permanently resident in a foreign country where he enjoys certain rights of citizenship
a plant or animal established in a place to which it is not native
a naturalized foreign word
(transitive) to make a denizen
Word Origin
C15: from Anglo-French denisein, from Old French denzein, from denz within, from Latin de intus from within
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Word Origin and History for denizen

early 15c., from Anglo-French deinzein, from deinz "within, inside," from Late Latin deintus, from de- "from" + intus "within" (see ento-). Historically, an alien admitted to certain rights of citizenship; a naturalized citizen.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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