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.
to make a denizen of.
- den·i·za·tion, den·i·zen·a·tion, noun
- den·i·zen·ship, noun
- un·den·i·zened, adjective
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How to use denizen in a sentence
He’s a denizen of Free City, a hugely popular open-world video game in which the players can do whatever they want—generally, they just adopt customized tough-guy skins, drive fast in their cartoony cars and rob virtual banks.Ryan Reynolds' Charm Can't Quite Liberate Free Guy From a Cluttered Plot | Stephanie Zacharek | August 13, 2021 | Time
Humans are destroying forests because they lack empathy with their denizens, he says.We’re at home among trees — which might be able to sense our presence | Richard Schiffman | July 23, 2021 | Washington Post
Microwaves are the shortest denizens of the radio wave family.A new microwave scanner can track moving objects through walls, Superman-style | Monroe Hammond | July 9, 2021 | Popular-Science
In Boston, for instance, fighting regularly broke out as denizens from the north and south ends of town met with their floats to do battle.Before July 4, American colonists celebrated Pope’s Day — an anti-Catholic rallying cry | Grant Stanton | July 2, 2021 | Washington Post
There were still many moments when I felt dumbfounded by the intensity of the denizens of this foreign world.I Went to the Westminster Dog Show and All I Got Was This Lousy Positive View of Humanity | Elijah Wolfson | June 14, 2021 | Time
How lovely, than, that one Internet denizen took the time to help these forgotten statesmen find sexual satiation…with each other!
When Kemal, a wealthy denizen of Istanbul, meets Fusun, a beautiful shop girl and distant cousin, the two begin a torrid affair.
It's a small, exclusive French brand that was once only the denizen of select fashionistas.
It embellishes the denizen of the city, and hides the nakedness of barbarism.The Right of American Slavery | True Worthy Hoit
It was strange indeed to meet a living denizen of a world that seemed to her impossible except in books.Duffels | Edward Eggleston
The elephant is the denizen of the forests where, in a succeeding chapter, we shall encounter both him and the rhinoceros.The Desert World | Arthur Mangin
The solitary denizen of the plains—the little minivet (Pericrocotus peregrinus)—is the least resplendent of them all.A Bird Calendar for Northern India | Douglas Dewar
Sometimes this throat uttered Yes, sometimes it uttered No; sometimes it made inquiries about a time worn denizen of the place.Return of the Native | Thomas Hardy
British Dictionary definitions for denizen
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
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