[ den-uh-zuhn ]
/ ˈdɛn ə zən /
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an inhabitant; resident.
a person who regularly frequents a place; habitué: the denizens of a local bar.
anything adapted to a new place, condition, etc., as an animal or plant not indigenous to a place but successfully naturalized.
British Law. an alien admitted to residence and to certain rights of citizenship in a country: this legal designation has been obsolete since the first half of the 20th century.

verb (used with object)

to make a denizen of.



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Origin of denizen

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English denisein, denesyn, from Anglo-French denzein, denszein “(the) one within,” equivalent to Anglo-French deinz, denz, dens (from Old French dedens, dedenz, adverb and preposition, “inside, on the inside”) + -ein, adjective suffix from Latin compound adjective suffix -āneus; see origin at dedans,-an,-eous


den·i·za·tion, den·i·zen·a·tion, nounden·i·zen·ship, nounun·den·i·zened, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for denizen

/ (ˈdɛnɪzən) /


an inhabitant; occupant; resident
British 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


(tr) to make a denizen

Word Origin for denizen

C15: from Anglo-French denisein, from Old French denzein, from denz within, from Latin de intus from within
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