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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Synonyms & Antonyms for denizen


dweller, habitant, inhabitant, inhabiter, occupant, resident, resider, tenant



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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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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 Oakland has a thriving technology scene, but many of its denizens don’t see it as a wannabe Silicon Valley. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, "Oakland wants in on Silicon Valley’s success — with crucial differences," 12 Mar. 2018 Beyond the International Settlement and the French Concession, but largely out of mind to their denizens, stretched satanic textile mills full of toiling Chinese. The Economist, "A gripping tale of Sodom sliding towards its bloody end," 12 July 2018 But some tricks remain, some tips that experienced Preakness denizens are happy to pass on to their less-veteran associates. Chris Kaltenbach,, "How to ace Preakness: Don't drink the Black-Eyed Susans, and other veteran tips," 14 May 2018 Still, the circus is a world onto itself, whose free-wheeling denizens are united by their oddities and differences. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Great Mystical Circus' ('O Grande Circo Mistico'): Film Review | Cannes 2018," 13 May 2018 But the electric coupe was fun, stylish, and loaded with advanced features such as LED daytime running lights, a large LED text display on the front fascia (to flash messages to road denizens), and an LCD dashboard made for social-media interaction. Bradley Berman, Popular Mechanics, "China Is the Automotive Alternate Universe," 4 May 2018 At the on-site archaeological museum of the same name, bone up on the 12,000-year-old history of Illinois River Valley denizens, from Ice Age nomads who hunted huge mastodons to tribal groups that left Illinois in the 19th century. Lori Rackl,, "Bicentennial bucket list," 19 Mar. 2018 How does this match up against other studies that have rated the happiness of Massachusetts denizens? Christopher Muther,, "Massachusetts travelers are some of the grumpiest in the country," 13 Feb. 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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