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 Yet, as if through some form of divine harmony, the present day also confronts us with by far our best opportunity since the 1940s to restore and renew our nation’s true ‘greatness’ potential – that of our incomparably productive citizenry. Robert Hockett, Forbes, 1 May 2022 We’ve been dragged in this direction by popular support from our citizenry, by the European Union and by a courageous world leader in the form of President [Volodymyr] Zelensky. Kk Ottesen, Washington Post, 23 Mar. 2022 The United States has a moral imperative to help Ukraine win the war that Russia brought to its citizenry. Michael A. Newton, CNN, 15 Mar. 2022 That’s something important to consider, too: the role of local authorities isn’t just to increase economic investment in the area, but to consider their citizenry’s happiness, too. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 Feb. 2022 American government should worry first and foremost about its own citizenry, because that involves problems it is actually equipped to solve. Ryan Cooper, The Week, 25 Aug. 2021 Hesitance to collective thinking is a healthy instinct of the American citizenry. Dominic Pino, National Review, 13 June 2021 The near-total mobilization of Ukraine’s citizenry in the face of war with Russia has resulted in everyday people pitching in to help the resistance. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 7 Apr. 2022 Hesitant to fully dismantle their Russian operations, these companies continue to pay their local workers to maintain good relations with the Russian citizenry. Steven Tian, Fortune, 16 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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14 May 2022

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“Citizenry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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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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