denizen

noun
den·​i·​zen | \ ˈde-nə-zən How to pronounce denizen (audio) \

Definition of denizen

1 : inhabitant denizens of the forest
2 government : a person admitted to residence in a foreign country especially : an alien (see alien entry 2 sense 2) admitted to rights of citizenship
3 : one that frequents a place nightclub denizens

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Examples of denizen in a Sentence

one of those muscle-bound denizens of the gym the polar bear is an iconic denizen of the snowy Arctic

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There’s nothing more versatile, tasty and satisfying than these fast-cooking denizens of the sea. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cooking shellfish: Chef Paul Arias shares recipes and tips," 18 June 2019 David Van Tiegham’s sound design includes music by him and David Darling, Riley Lee, Olivier Messiaen and David Poe, complete with sounds telling of forest denizens. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "A Company’s Classics Take the Stage," 17 June 2019 Natalie Image, Simone McIntosh, Ashley Dixon, Philip Horst, Laura Krumm and Andrew Manea play assorted wood nymphs and forest denizens. Georgia Rowe, The Mercury News, "Fairy tale-like ‘Rusalka’ comes to SF Opera with stellar cast," 10 June 2019 But visitors to this scrubby, uninhabited islet six miles south of Mallorca weren’t always so tame: Previous denizens have included Berber pirates, French prisoners of war, Spanish soldiers, and misbehaving monks. Benjamin Kemper, Condé Nast Traveler, "Spain’s Secret Islands," 14 Feb. 2018 Comedians turned advertisers — and the denizens of Madison Avenue who worked for those brands — into grist for their mills. New York Times, "They’re Not ‘Mad Men’ Anymore. But the Ad Business Is Still High Stakes.," 5 June 2018 Other denizens of Santa Cruz are not so lucky, including the Wilsons’s friends, another family of four (Elisabeth Moss and Tim Heidecker are the parents), who are dispatched in sprays of blood. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Does Jordan Peele’s Us Live Up to Get Out?," 21 Mar. 2019 Trump is the presidential version of 4chan denizens adopting Bane and the Joker as patron saints: some men want to watch the world burn, others salivate at the prospect of beating up protestors. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Trump is embracing amoral villainy (and making HBO mad) with a Game of Thrones tweet," 2 Nov. 2018 Those who bought tickets just to see Washington must be scratching their heads as one by one the drunken denizens are patiently introduced. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "A revelatory Denzel Washington in 'The Iceman Cometh'," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of denizen

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for denizen

Middle English denizeine, from Anglo-French denisein, denzein inhabitant, inner part, inner, from denz within, from Late Latin deintus, from Latin de- + intus within — more at ent-

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denizen

noun

English Language Learners Definition of denizen

: a person, animal, or plant that lives in or often is found in a particular place or region

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