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 1b) admitted to rights of citizenship
3 : one that frequents a place nightclub denizens

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
Recent Examples on the Web The largest land animals in Earth's history were the sauropod successors of sauropodomorphs, as exemplified by a later denizen of Patagonia called Argentinosaurus that reached perhaps 118 feet (36 meters) in length and upwards of 70 tons. Reuters, CNN, 22 Oct. 2021 Even then, the process was a difficult one, requiring intensive lobbying by Mr. Johnson, himself a longtime denizen of the Senate. New York Times, 2 Oct. 2021 When both kingdoms rose to prominence, an average Judean denizen lived under the rule of a king, and was a farmer who plowed fields and harvested crops. Lina Zeldovich, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 May 2021 The solitary denizen of the deep soon became the subject of even more research and speculation. Pakinam Amer, Scientific American, 28 Sep. 2021 Mabel thinks that Sting—another denizen of their building, and at one point a hilariously unsuspecting suspect—is a member of U2. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 30 Aug. 2021 Moses, a hardened denizen of the streets, is played by Jon Michael Hill with a ferocity that attests to a lifetime of hard luck and racist gut punches. Marilyn Stasio, Variety, 22 Aug. 2021 Per Science, Sanderson has argued for this furry denizen of the Tibetan Plateau to be declared its own species. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 June 2021 Watching this, the two of us — one just off three years in Betsy DeVos’s Department of Education and the other a longtime denizen of the swamp — can’t help but feel an odd mix of envy and frustration. Frederick M. Hess, National Review, 23 May 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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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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