Definition of citizen
1 : an inhabitant of a city or town; especially : one entitled to the rights and privileges of a freeman
2a : a member of a stateb : a native or naturalized person who owes allegiance to a government and is entitled to protection from it She was an American citizen but lived most of her life abroad.
3 : a civilian as distinguished from a specialized servant of the state Soldiers were sent to protect the citizens.
citizenlyplay \-zən-lē also -sən-\ adjective
Examples of citizen in a Sentence
She was a United States citizen but lived most of her life abroad.
a group of Japanese citizens
Recent Examples of citizen from the Web
Judge Barbara Milano Keenan said that Trump had made no finding that the citizens of the six countries provided a specific threat to the U.S.
From elaborate hoaxes to serious policy change to the extrajudicial murder of an American citizen, it’s clear there is no length the Underwoods won’t go to in the name of safety—that is, their own safety.
Citizens of those three countries now make up 80 percent of the 435,000 people from 10 nations with TPS.
Kennedy sided with the other conservative justices in favor of the Obama administration and against U.S. citizen Fauzia Din.
The state's roads plan gives cities and towns the ability to make investments that affect citizens, Costas said.
Saudi citizens have carried out suicide bombings in Iraq, and wealthy individuals from the Gulf have sent money to radical groups.
Mansimov became a Turkish citizen two years earlier and adopted a Turkish name, Mübariz Gurbanoglu, allegedly at Erdogan’s suggestion.
What is needed now are legislators, activists, citizens and writers, like Egan, who have an appreciation for that murkiest, least attractive of qualities: complexity.
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Origin and Etymology of citizen
Middle English citizein, from Anglo-French citezein, alteration of citeien, from cité city
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of citizen
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Definition of citizen for English Language Learners
: a person who legally belongs to a country and has the rights and protection of that country
: a person who lives in a particular place
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Definition of citizen for Students
1 : a person who lives in a particular place the citizens of Boston
2 : a person who legally belongs to, gives allegiance to, and has the rights and protections of a country
Legal Definition of citizen
1 : a native or naturalized individual who owes allegiance to a government (as of a state or nation) and is entitled to the enjoyment of governmental protection and to the exercise of civil rights — see also Scott v. Sandford — compare resident Editor's note: Under the Fourteenth Amendment, “all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside.” A person born outside of the U.S. to parents who were born or naturalized in the U.S. is also a citizen of the U.S. A corporation is not considered a citizen for purposes of the privileges and immunities clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. A corporation is, however, deemed a citizen of the state in which it is incorporated or has its principal place of business for purposes of diversity jurisdiction.
2 : a resident of a town or state who is also a U.S. native or was naturalized in the U.S.
Origin and Etymology of citizen
Anglo-French citezein, alteration of Old French citeien, from cité city
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