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Definition of denizen

1 : inhabitant denizens of the forest
2 government : a person admitted to residence in a foreign country especially : an alien (see alien entry 2 sense 2) admitted to rights of citizenship
3 : one that frequents a place nightclub denizens

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one of those muscle-bound denizens of the gym the polar bear is an iconic denizen of the snowy Arctic
Recent Examples on the Web The number suggests city denizens are taking serious advantage of the city’s cycling-friendlier infrastructure. Aarian Marshall, Wired, "Faked Traffic Jams, Soaring Tesla Stock, and Other Auto News," 9 Feb. 2020 Senate denizens need only cross a parking lot from the Dirksen and Hart office buildings to reach its doors. Washington Post, "Partisan warfare rages just steps away. But at the Monocle, ‘You check all that at the door.’," 31 Jan. 2020 They are also meant to fight off denizens of the deep, like sharks and other predators. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "10 of the Best Survival Knives," 27 Jan. 2020 Both neighborhoods offer denizens plenty of stores, restaurants and public spaces, along with easy access to public transportation and major freeways., "Live/work lofts blend form, function," 17 Jan. 2020 The Ear Inn, on Spring Street, which once served denizens of the docks of the Hudson River, may have opened at least as early as 1835. Corey Kilgannon, New York Times, "After 190 Years, the ‘Most Famous Bar You’ve Never Heard of’ Avoids Last Call," 10 Jan. 2020 If Jenn's to survive, this denizen of the depths—which emerges, in one of the film's most striking images, from a hellmouth on the ocean floor—must be banished. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to Watch (and Skip) in Theaters and on Netflix This Weekend," 27 Dec. 2019 The sonorous rumble of a sousaphone laid down the low end, while cymbals, hi-hats, snare drums and bass drum offered the dynamic beats that elevate dance-floor denizens like a drug. Morena Duwe, Billboard, "Meet Meute, the German Marching Band That Plays Only Electronic Music Covers," 11 Dec. 2019 Celebrate bats — and Halloween — by joining to explore the many delightful things these airborne denizens of the night provide for us., "Calendar: Halloween events for dogs Saturday in Mundelein," 6 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of denizen

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for denizen

Middle English denizeine, from Anglo-French denisein, denzein inhabitant, inner part, inner, from denz within, from Late Latin deintus, from Latin de- + intus within — more at ent-

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The first known use of denizen was in the 15th century

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16 Feb 2020

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“Denizen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of denizen

: a person, animal, or plant that lives in or often is found in a particular place or region

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