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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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 Ages 2+ Mermaids and undersea creatures are still hot, hot, hot among kids, and any denizen of the deep would be lucky to live in this palace. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "The 2020 Good Housekeeping Best Toy Awards," 20 Oct. 2020 When a denizen captured a rat carrying a slice down subway stairs on video in 2015, the rodent was feted as the city’s next big star. Kevin Armstrong, Washington Post, "The pandemic has forced New York pizza shop owners to rethink the signature slice — and just about everything," 27 Aug. 2020 Wahbeh is not the first or even the hundredth denizen of the fine art world who has used the internet in ways that pissed off other artists. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Whitney Museum’s Careless Attempt to Curate a Summer of Black Uprising," 25 Aug. 2020 The denizens of Section 527 at RFK Stadium had witnessed their share of misery across the years. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc's Morning Line: No fans in the stands, other safety measures are better than nothing," 13 May 2020 The skinny señorita fish, the blue-gray blacksmith and the horn shark are among the only denizens of L.A.’s Union Station these days. Diya Chacko, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus Today: A mail-in 2020 election," 8 May 2020 Ibrahim and his colleagues have taken a sweeping look at the denizens and geology of this ecosystem, the remnants of which are preserved in the rock formations in eastern Morocco known as the Kem Kem Group or Kem Kem beds. Popular Science, "The Sahara Desert was once flooded with history’s most vicious dinosaurs," 30 Apr. 2020 One dynamic that the denizens of the AD Innovation Center have adjusted to is fraternity alums dropping by to give their families a tour., "But on the second floor, once home to the brothers of Alpha Delta, there are men and women tapping out e-mails, taking conference calls, and huddling for meetings.," 25 Sep. 2019 Specifically, how Wall Street denizens are turning into amateur epidemiologists in an attempt to game out their trades as the disease spreads. David Rovella,, "Your Evening Briefing," 13 May 2020

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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 25 Nov. 2020.

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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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