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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
Recent Examples on the Web Like other thalattosaurs—the descendants of a lineage of reptiles that once lived on land before returning to the ocean—the three-foot-long Gunakadeit was a full-time denizen of the world’s coastal waters, Druckenmiller says. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "215-Million-Year-Old, Sharp-Nosed Sea Creature Was Among the Last of Its Kind," 5 Mar. 2020 Kids Archibald’s Next Big Thing: Developed by Tony Hale, this series follows the adventures of Archibald Strutter, an adventurous chicken, his siblings, and the other quirky denizens of the town of Crackridge. Tyler Aquilina,, "Here's everything coming to Peacock, NBCUniversal's streaming service," 18 Jan. 2020 The iconic monarch butterfly, which has been in steep decline across North America, is also a denizen of these rights-of-way. David L. Wagner, The Conversation, "New England power line corridors harbor rare bees and other wild things," 3 Oct. 2019 Unlike Shanahan, who spent his career as a Boeing executive, Esper is a longtime denizen of Washington. Washington Post, "Pentagon installs third acting defense secretary this year, as Trump formally nominates Esper," 17 July 2019 That dates it to the middle of the Cretaceous, more than 30m years before this period’s more famous dinosaurian denizens, Ankylosaurus, Triceratops and Tyrannosaurus, bestrode what is now North America. The Economist, "The smallest dinosaur?," 12 Mar. 2020 For Hill denizens, that’s just part of the scenery. Washington Post, "Partisan warfare rages just steps away. But at the Monocle, ‘You check all that at the door.’," 31 Jan. 2020 Big Apple denizens, who spend life jammed against 9 million of their neighbors, are occasionally known to be short on patience with slow-walking tourists. Fox News, "'F--k off!': New Yorkers react to being named ‘rudest city in America’," 24 Dec. 2019 President Donald Trump - a lifelong New Yorker who was for decades one of the city’s most prominent denizens - has changed his permanent residence from Manhattan to Palm Beach, Florida. Reis Thebault, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump is changing his official residence from New York to Florida," 1 Nov. 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Apr. 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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