[ sit-uh-zuh n, -suh n ]
/ ˈsɪt ə zən, -sən /
a native or naturalized member of a state or nation who owes allegiance to its government and is entitled to its protection (distinguished from alien).
an inhabitant of a city or town, especially one entitled to its privileges or franchises.
an inhabitant, or denizen: The deer is a citizen of our woods.
a civilian, as distinguished from a soldier, police officer, etc.
Words nearby citizen
Origin of citizen
OTHER WORDS FROM citizencit·i·zen·ly, adjectivenon·cit·i·zen, nounun·cit·i·zen·ly, adjectiveun·der·cit·i·zen, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH citizencitizen resident
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British Dictionary definitions for noncitizen
/ (ˈsɪtɪzən) /
a native registered or naturalized member of a state, nation, or other political communityCompare alien
an inhabitant of a city or town
a native or inhabitant of any place
a civilian, as opposed to a soldier, public official, etc
Other words from citizenRelated adjective: civil
Derived forms of citizencitizeness (ˈsɪtɪzənɪs, -ˌnɛs), fem ncitizenly, adjective
Word Origin for citizen
C14: from Anglo-French citesein, from Old French citeien, from cité, city
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