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 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 As a result, the ill-informed citizenry has been left unmoored, leading to the rise in the U.S. and elsewhere of right-wing populists. oregonlive, "‘Inadequacy of citizens,’ as well as Donald Trump and the internet, are killing democracy, warns academic analysis," 9 Sep. 2019 The notion that government is here to provide infrastructure and support for its citizenry is absurd and lost to the history books. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letters: Another tax increase? I’m done!," 11 Aug. 2019 The message the party wants China’s citizenry to embrace is all about patriotism. San Diego Union-Tribune, "AP Photos: Beijing preps to mark 70 years of communist rule," 28 Sep. 2019 Republican theory puts a heavy emphasis on political participation by the citizenry, and on the structural decentralization that makes citizen involvement feasible. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, "The Green New Deal Meets Green Republicanism," 26 Sep. 2019 Gorsuch says the book is for the general citizenry, not academics. Leslie Southwick, National Review, "A Republic, If You Can Keep It," 17 Sep. 2019 Featured speaker Audra Wilson, executive director of the Illinois League of Women’s Voters, talked about the challenges that naturally came with conversations with a diverse citizenry, especially conversations about race. Hank Beckman,, "Diversity rally in La Grange honors League of Women Voters chapter," 9 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of citizenry

1795, in the meaning defined above

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14 Dec 2019

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“Citizenry.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of citizenry

formal : all the citizens of a place


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: all the citizens of a place

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