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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Lobsters, octupi [sic] and other denizens of the deep sit whimsically on his chapeaux. Matthew Schneier, New York Times, "Bill Cunningham’s Unseen Scrapbooks," 8 June 2018 Brady lives at home with his father, a taciturn denizen of the bars and casino poker stools, and his 15-year-old sister, a vibrant spirit living with Asperger’s syndrome. Michael Phillips, Detroit Free Press, "Review: ‘The Rider’ is a Western like no other," 18 May 2018 Now, the closing moments of competition that used to only send sports-book denizens or corner bar degenerates into a frenzy could possibly stoke the passions of a live crowd. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Sports betting: When live wagering hits stadiums, the end of games will sound much different," 15 May 2018 Monorail Wikimedia Commons The second mode of transport to be used by E.P.C.O.T. denizens was a high speed system of monorails. Thomas Harlander, Los Angeles Magazine, "Will L.A. Become a Disneyland-esque Mass Transit Utopia?," 25 June 2018 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

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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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