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[den-uh-zuh n]
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  1. an inhabitant; resident.
  2. a person who regularly frequents a place; habitué: the denizens of a local bar.
  3. British. an alien admitted to residence and to certain rights of citizenship in a country.
  4. anything adapted to a new place, condition, etc., as an animal or plant not indigenous to a place but successfully naturalized.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to make a denizen of.
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Origin of denizen

1425–75; late Middle English denisein < Anglo-French, equivalent to deinz within (Old French; see dedans) + -ein -an
Related formsden·i·za·tion, den·i·zen·a·tion, nounden·i·zen·ship, nounun·den·i·zened, adjective
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Related Words for denizen

inhabitant, occupant, dweller, national, habitant, native, citizen, subject, liver, indweller, inhabiter, resider

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Historical Examples of denizen

  • 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!

  • His range is extensive, but he is properly a denizen of the cold and snowy regions.

  • For every den had its denizen, and Diana roamed the earth once more.

    The Gay Rebellion

    Robert W. Chambers

British Dictionary definitions for denizen


  1. an inhabitant; occupant; resident
  2. British an individual permanently resident in a foreign country where he enjoys certain rights of citizenship
  3. a plant or animal established in a place to which it is not native
  4. a naturalized foreign word
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  1. (tr) to make a denizen
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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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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.

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