[net-uh-zuh n, ‐suh n]


(sometimes initial capital letter) a user of the Internet, often one who is actively engaged in uncensored online discussions of political and social issues: Chinese netizens who post their messages using pseudonyms.

Origin of netizen

1980–85; (Inter)net + (cit)izen

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British Dictionary definitions for netizen



informal a person who regularly uses the internet

Word Origin for netizen

C20: from (inter) net + (cit) izen
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Word Origin and History for netizen

1995, from net, short for Internet + citizen.

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