- an inhabitant; resident.
- a person who regularly frequents a place; habitué: the denizens of a local bar.
- British. an alien admitted to residence and to certain rights of citizenship in a country.
- anything adapted to a new place, condition, etc., as an animal or plant not indigenous to a place but successfully naturalized.
- to make a denizen of.
Origin of denizen
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- 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
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 denizenship
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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