cit·​i·​zen·​ry | \ ˈsi-tə-zən-rē How to pronounce citizenry (audio) also -sən- \
plural citizenries

Definition of citizenry

: a whole body of citizens

Examples of citizenry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The rapists and murderers are properly kept across the river from polite citizenry. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Joker in New York City Hall," 1 Nov. 2019 The citizenry is jacked up with contempt, and over the idea of true romance. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Know, "Can Western art enter the modern era? Yes, and it’s happening here in Denver.," 29 Sep. 2019 Northern lights There is little pressure from the citizenry to do more. The Economist, "Why Russia is ambivalent about global warming," 19 Sep. 2019 The number-one reason why governments are formed is to protect the citizenry. NBC News, "Full transcript: Democratic debate in Houston," 13 Sep. 2019 But elsewhere in the world, the citizenry tows its trailers with whatever’s handy, which often means a small front-wheel-drive station wagon. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Can You Tow With Front-Wheel Drive?," 2 Sep. 2019 The job of members of the government is to minimize the citizenry’s grief. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Politicians Offer Prayers After a Mass Shooting," 5 Aug. 2019 The question of whether the monarchy survives beyond Elizabeth II is open to debate and up to the British citizenry. Los Angeles Times, "Column: What ‘The Crown’ can teach us about Meghan Markle’s tabloid war," 21 Oct. 2019 The southside community, which already has metro Atlanta’s oldest population, will grow by 37,000 residents by mid-century for a total citizenry of 147,000, the ARC projects. Leon Stafford, ajc, "ARC: one-fifth of Fayette County population will be 75 or older by 2050," 16 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of citizenry

1795, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of citizenry was in 1795

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28 Dec 2019

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“Citizenry.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of citizenry

formal : all the citizens of a place


cit·​i·​zen·​ry | \ ˈsi-tə-zən-rē How to pronounce citizenry (audio) \

Kids Definition of citizenry

: all the citizens of a place

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