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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Handlebar Diner The far reaches of east Mesa get left out of the conversation too often, but Adam Allison’s Crispy Clucker is a straightforward and skillful rendition that gives the denizens of Eastmark little incentive to travel west. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Forget Popeyes and Chick-fil-A. These 13 chicken sandwiches in metro Phoenix are better," 28 Aug. 2019 To see all these new faces discovering how neat San Diego is after dark will encourage businesses to stay open and capitalize on the new downtown denizens who come from Kearny Mesa or La Jolla for a fun evening in a metropolitan area. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: Street Scene got people dancing in the streets in 1984," 18 Aug. 2019 Why do the psychedelic denizens of Pepperland turn silent and gray when the Meanies attack them and take their music away? Dave Itzkoff, New York Times, "‘Yellow Submarine’ & Me," 5 Aug. 2019 In the past few years, Pluznick, who is now an associate professor of physiology at Johns Hopkins University, and a small band of like-minded researchers have put together a picture of what the denizens of the gut are telling the kidney. Quanta Magazine, "How Bacteria Help Regulate Blood Pressure," 30 Nov. 2017 At the story’s climax, a hostile stranger appears in the building and threatens its gentle, if eccentric, denizens. Abigail Deutsch, Harper's magazine, "Bette on the Blues," 22 July 2019 Clinton Greenspan is a nimble nice guy as the street thief Aladdin, and the actors playing the rest of the denizens of the fictional Agrabah hit their villainous or comic marks. Nelson Pressley, Washington Post, "The whiz-bang ‘Aladdin’ at the Kennedy Center still has problems to solve," 21 July 2019 The first season of Syfy’s Superman prequel Krypton focused on the denizens of Kandor, the Kryptonian city bottled and preserved by the malevolent alien AI Brainiac in Superman canon. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "In season 2, Krypton keeps viewers guessing," 12 June 2019 Hicks and Bass, both Dallas residents and longtime denizens of the financial community there, have invested together since at least 2011, according to securities filings and court records. Jake Pearson, ProPublica, "Want to Meet With the Trump Administration? Donald Trump Jr.’s Hunting Buddy Can Help," 22 July 2019

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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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