citizenship

noun
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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In the next few years, expect more grassroots demands for the restoration of the value of citizenship. Victor Davis Hanson, The Mercury News, "Hanson: Why are Western middle classes revolting against the elites?," 13 June 2019 In the next few years, expect more grassroots demands for the restoration of the value of citizenship. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Why Are the Western Middle Classes So Angry?," 13 June 2019 The United Kingdom stripped them of citizenship as far back as 2015, and now refuses to put them on trial, citing the legal complications of repatriating former citizens. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, "One of the ISIS 'Beatles' says he's sorry. Will confessions save these fighters from death row?," 10 June 2019 In an age when acrimony is passed off as commentary and screaming talking heads routinely trump thoughtful consideration, the young women of the Laurel Political Review are exploring the most basic tenant of citizenship. Phillip Morris, cleveland.com, "Politicians beware, the girls of Laurel School are watching you: Phillip Morris," 9 June 2019 His decision to disengage was also, particularly now, the height of irresponsibility, an abdication of that most basic duty of citizenship: staying informed. Christopher Beha, Harper's magazine, "Winning the Peace," 10 May 2019 Her baby also has potential claims of British citizenship. Karla Adam, The Seattle Times, "Shamima Begum, teenager who joined ISIS, to lose UK citizenship," 20 Feb. 2019 At its core, the decision held that blacks—including free blacks—were not entitled to any of the rights of citizenship, including the right to sue in federal court. Marc M. Arkin, WSJ, "‘Supreme Injustice’ Review: The High Court and Slavery," 18 Jan. 2019 The administration has claimed that better data on the citizenship of voting-age adults was needed to enforce the Voting Rights Act. Michael Wines, New York Times, "Why Was a Citizenship Question Put on the Census? ‘Bad Faith,’ a Judge Suggests," 10 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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citizenship

noun

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

citizenship

noun
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

citizenship

noun
cit·​i·​zen·​ship

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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