Definition of citizen
- She was an American citizen but lived most of her life abroad.
- Soldiers were sent to protect the citizens.
She was a United States citizen but lived most of her life abroad.
a group of Japanese citizens
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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to cause to suffer severely from hunger
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