citizenship

noun
cit·i·zen·ship | \ ˈsi-tə-zən-ˌship \

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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The law, which passed with bipartisan support, grew out of an episode in the town of Independence, where officers singled out a group of Latino men in a restaurant and aggressively interrogated them about their citizenship status. Washington Post, "Groups mobilize against threat to Oregon’s ‘sanctuary’ law," 11 July 2018 The law, which passed with bipartisan support, grew out of an episode in the town of Independence, where officers singled out a group of Latino men in a restaurant and aggressively interrogated them about their citizenship status. Gillian Flaccus, The Seattle Times, "Groups mobilize against threat to Oregon’s ‘sanctuary’ law," 9 July 2018 In this op-ed, Deputy Editor Ella Cerón unpacks how Latinx-American communities have always feared immigration police, regardless of citizenship status or proximity to the U.S.-Mexico border. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "For Latinx-American Kids, Fear of La Migra Has Always Existed," 3 July 2018 Ages and the citizenship status of Contreras and Adiel were not released. NBC News, "Nationwide search for three suspects in kidnap and rape of 2 Ohio teens," 3 July 2018 The Office of Refugee Resettlement, an arm of the Department of Health and Human Services, records the citizenship status of sponsor applicants, but the information is not used to disqualify potential sponsors. Nicholas Bogel-burroughs, baltimoresun.com, "'There’s a family here waiting for them': Baltimore woman wants to take in granddaughter separated at border," 21 June 2018 The City Council on Thursday approved a resolution opposing a federal plan to ask citizenship status on the 2020 census. Josh Baugh, San Antonio Express-News, "Council approves resolution opposing census citizenship question," 21 June 2018 Wochit The Phoenix City Council voted Tuesday to pursue a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Census Bureau's plan to include a question about citizenship status in the 2020 census. Kaila White, azcentral, "Phoenix votes to sue feds over 2020 Census question on citizenship," 22 May 2018 The agency is troubled, Altstadt said, by the petition and social media accounts stating del Rocio was asked about her citizenship status. Andrew Theen, OregonLive.com, "TriMet, ACLU escalate legal fight over Latina board member's arrest," 26 Apr. 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 \

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

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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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