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[net-uh-zuh n, ‐suh n]
  1. (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.
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Origin of netizen

1980–85; (Inter)net + (cit)izen

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Historical Examples of netizen

  • In becoming the Netizen, he or she will participate in social interactions fundamentally new in nature.

    The Civilization of Illiteracy

    Mihai Nadin

British Dictionary definitions for netizen


  1. informal a person who regularly uses the internet
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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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