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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Definitions for denizen

  1. A dweller; an inhabitant.
  2. One that frequents a particular place.
  3. [Chiefly British] An alien granted certain rights of citizenship.

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Citations for denizen
Goethe, who visited Berlin only once, found the "wit and irony" of its denizens quite remarkable. Peter Gay, My German Question
But he will know one thing about what it means to be an American, because he has known the raw continent, and not as tourist but as denizen. , New York Times
Origin of denizen
late Middle English
Denizen comes from Anglo-French denzein, "(one) living within (a city or state)," from Old French denz, "within," from Late Latin deintus, "from within," from Latin de-, "from" + intus, "within."