[sit-uh-zuh n-ree, -suh n-]

noun, plural cit·i·zen·ries.

citizens collectively.

Origin of citizenry

First recorded in 1810–20; citizen + -ry
Related formsun·der·cit·i·zen·ry, noun, plural un·der·cit·i·zen·ries. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for citizenry

Contemporary Examples of citizenry

Historical Examples of citizenry

  • 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.

  • 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 plural -ries

citizens collectively
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Word Origin and History for citizenry

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

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