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|Jacob Siegel|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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|Lennox Samuels|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.
At least one parent would have to be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.The Progressive Case Against Birthright Citizenship|Keli Goff|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For them, going to Vietnam was inseparable from living up to their obligations as West Pointers and citizen soldiers.
An inscription records that it was given in 1858 by a citizen once a chorister; it is by Edmundson & Son.Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Manchester|Thomas Perkins
Robert Keable urging the Automaton called Citizen to turn on his oppressor.Nonsenseorship|G. G. Putnam and Others
And then a third citizen appears, and fairly fills up the doorway.Dangerous Ground|Lawrence L. Lynch
It was commanded by an officer of German birth, but long since an American citizen.The Campaign of Chancellorsville|Theodore A. Dodge
Cicero wishes that he had proved himself as good a citizen, as he was an orator.A Dialogue Concerning Oratory, Or The Causes Of Corrupt Eloquence|Cornelius Tacitus
British Dictionary definitions for citizen
Word Origin for citizen
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.