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.
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|DAILY BEAST
It is the obligation of citizens and journalists as well as governments.Why We Stand With Charlie Hebdo—And You Should Too|John Avlon|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Since that day I have frequently heard its citizens boast that the place was not surrendered.Camp-Fire and Cotton-Field|Thomas W. Knox
They elected captains and standard-bearers, and divided all the citizens capable of bearing arms into regiments and companies.Freaks of Fanaticism|Sabine Baring-Gould
The importance of this last to the liberty and property of our citizens, induces me to urge it on your earliest attention.'
Some of the citizens, in consequence of this threat, sent their wives and children into the country.History of the Colony and Ancient Dominion of Virginia|Charles Campbell
The citizens of James City had no difficulty in fabricating all the fancy and ornamental bricks or tiles which they desired.Virginia Architecture in the Seventeenth Century|Henry Chandlee Forman
British Dictionary definitions for citizens
Word Origin for citizen
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.