den·​i·​zen ˈde-nə-zən How to pronounce denizen (audio)
: inhabitant
denizens of the forest
government : a person admitted to residence in a foreign country
especially : an alien (see alien entry 2 sense 1b) admitted to rights of citizenship
: 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
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Word History


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-

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of denizen was in the 15th century

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“Denizen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


den·​i·​zen ˈden-ə-zən How to pronounce denizen (audio)
: inhabitant
especially : a person, animal, or plant found in a particular region or environment

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