cit·​i·​zen·​ship | \ ˈsi-tə-zən-ˌship How to pronounce citizenship (audio) also -sən-\

Definition of citizenship

1 : the status of being a citizen He was granted U.S. citizenship.
2a : membership in a community (such as a college)
b : the quality of an individual's response to membership in a community The students are learning the value of good citizenship.

Examples of citizenship in a Sentence

She applied for Polish citizenship. He was granted U.S. citizenship. The students are learning the value of good citizenship.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Instead, a commitment to dutiful citizenship, equal access to rights and justice, and integrity should shape our daily choices and interactions with others. Jenn M. Jackson, Teen Vogue, "Terry Crews's Family Comment Perpetuates Toxic Masculinity," 9 Mar. 2019 Her baby also has potential claims on British citizenship. Karla Adam, The Seattle Times, "Shamima Begum, teenager who joined ISIS, to lose UK citizenship," 20 Feb. 2019 Unlike many other antislavery advocates, Lincoln avoided emphasizing controversial topics, like the suffering of slaves, the cruelty of slaveholders and the need for blacks to be awarded citizenship rights. David S. Reynolds, WSJ, "‘Becoming Lincoln’ Review: The Center That Held," 15 Feb. 2019 However, the baby's American citizenship would still have to be validated. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Baby: Everything You Need to Know," 18 Oct. 2018 Jamie Lee called the agent the next day and left her number for Christopher, an actor and musician with dual American-British citizenship. Maria Carter, Country Living, "Jamie Lee Curtis and Husband Christopher Guest's Secret to a 34-Year Marriage: "Don't Get Divorced"," 12 Oct. 2018 Waiting on citizenship Star Citizen continues down the long and winding road to (hopefully) becoming a real game people can play. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Walking Dead resurrected, Baldur's Gate 3 rumors, Into the Breach done quick," 12 Oct. 2018 Vintimillia said at a press conference (Spanish) in Quito on Thursday that Assange’s citizenship should be rescinded. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Ecuador wanted to make Julian Assange a diplomat and send him to Moscow," 22 Sep. 2018 The Chinese were specifically denied state citizenship. Longreads, "Oregon’s Racist Past," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of citizenship

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for citizenship

see citizen

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English Language Learners Definition of citizenship

: the fact or status of being a citizen of a particular place
: the qualities that a person is expected to have as a responsible member of a community


cit·​i·​zen·​ship | \ ˈsi-tə-zən-ˌship How to pronounce citizenship (audio) \

Kids Definition of citizenship

1 : the state of being a citizen He was granted citizenship in the United States.
2 : the behavior expected of a person as a member of a community good citizenship



Legal Definition of citizenship

1 : the status of being a citizen
2 : the quality of an individual's behavior as a citizen
3 : domicile used especially in federal diversity cases — see also diversity jurisdiction at jurisdiction

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