den·​i·​zen | \ ˈde-nə-zən \

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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Arthur Curry; the introduction of Black Manta, the energy beam-wielding villain; and the impending war that the whole world, surface dwellers and underwater denizens alike, hinges on. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Watch: an extended look at Aquaman reveals a bright and bawdy undersea adventure," 5 Oct. 2018 The large professional kitchen is shared by a number of food start-ups—food trucks and other idealistic denizens of the new food economy (one company packages micro-greens from a nearby rooftop garden). Grant Cornett, Vogue, "The Rise of Refugee Cuisine—a Food-World Trend to Feel Good About," 17 Aug. 2018 The strict walls that shielded Soviet denizens from the West and the rest of the world started seeing cracks, however, when the American National Exhibition came to Moscow in 1959, showing off such tantalizing capitalist advancements as dishwashers. Niree Noel, Allure, "The Evolution of Armenia’s Beauty Industry, According to Women Who Witnessed It," 27 July 2018 Lobsters, octupi [sic] and other denizens of the deep sit whimsically on his chapeaux. Matthew Schneier, New York Times, "Bill Cunningham’s Unseen Scrapbooks," 8 June 2018 Brady lives at home with his father, a taciturn denizen of the bars and casino poker stools, and his 15-year-old sister, a vibrant spirit living with Asperger’s syndrome. Michael Phillips, Detroit Free Press, "Review: ‘The Rider’ is a Western like no other," 18 May 2018 Now, the closing moments of competition that used to only send sports-book denizens or corner bar degenerates into a frenzy could possibly stoke the passions of a live crowd. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Sports betting: When live wagering hits stadiums, the end of games will sound much different," 15 May 2018 Monorail Wikimedia Commons The second mode of transport to be used by E.P.C.O.T. denizens was a high speed system of monorails. Thomas Harlander, Los Angeles Magazine, "Will L.A. Become a Disneyland-esque Mass Transit Utopia?," 25 June 2018 Zucker, a longtime denizen of morning television, gave Cuomo an important assignment co-anchoring the network's morning show and going up against two titans of the time block — Fox & Friends and MSNBC's Morning Joe. Jeremy Barr, The Hollywood Reporter, "With New Primetime Show, CNN Bets On Chris Cuomo," 23 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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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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someone who never drinks alcohol

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