cit·​i·​zen·​ship | \ ˈsi-tə-zən-ˌship 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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Some of those previous deals included targeted revenue-raising provisions, such as expanded taxes on the investment income of young adult dependents and tighter tax requirements on people who renounce their citizenship. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "Democratic House Win Sets Up Clash Over Trump Tax Cuts," 9 Nov. 2018 Kansas passed laws at Kobach’s urging requiring people not only to show photo ID at the polls but also to prove their citizenship when registering to vote. Libby Nelson, Vox, "Democrat Laura Kelly wins in Kansas, defeating Kris Kobach," 7 Nov. 2018 The government claims their citizenships are fraudulent. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Stripping U.S. Citizens of Their Passports Is a Precursor to Genocide," 7 Sep. 2018 But the Times op-ed page as a whole appears to believe this is something you — not journalists but you, the reader, average person — should be doing, part and parcel of good citizenship. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "The “why can’t we all just get along” theory of politics," 3 Dec. 2018 Photo: Paula Bronstein for the Wall Street Journal The government has long deprived Rohingya of citizenship, denied them access to education and restricted their ability to marry and have children. Niharika Mandhana, WSJ, "‘All Our Lives They Wanted to Ruin Us.’ For Decades, Myanmar Sought to Drive Out Rohingya," 23 Nov. 2018 There is an 1873 precedent that the 14th Amendment only applies to former slaves, but that case did not deal with the matter of citizenship. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "Trump's Plan to Revoke Birthright Citizenship Is Another Attack on Immigrants," 30 Oct. 2018 The couple, who had been living in the U.S. as permanent residents, took the oath of citizenship in New York City, their lawyer said. Megan Friedman, Town & Country, "Melania Trump’s Parents Just Became United States Citizens," 9 Aug. 2018 With war raging in Europe, July 4 became a day to bring together both native- and foreign-born citizens of the United States and to emphasize the privileges and obligations of American citizenship., "July 4, 1917: San Diego Honors New Citizens," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of citizenship

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for citizenship

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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 \

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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to settle judicially or to act as judge

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