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 1b) admitted to rights of citizenship
3 : 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
Recent Examples on the Web The difference between what exists at the moment and, say, a brothel denizen on Westworld is the difference between an ox cart and a Tesla. Sam Lipsyte, Harper’s Magazine , 27 Apr. 2022 This is Pan, minor Greek deity, denizen of fields, flocks and forests. William A. Wallace, WSJ, 28 Jan. 2022 Studio head Alan Horn — a Hollywood denizen for a half-century — is retiring, leaving Alan Bergman in charge. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 30 Dec. 2021 The largest land animals in Earth's history were the sauropod successors of sauropodomorphs, as exemplified by a later denizen of Patagonia called Argentinosaurus that reached perhaps 118 feet (36 meters) in length and upwards of 70 tons. Reuters, CNN, 22 Oct. 2021 Even then, the process was a difficult one, requiring intensive lobbying by Mr. Johnson, himself a longtime denizen of the Senate. New York Times, 2 Oct. 2021 When both kingdoms rose to prominence, an average Judean denizen lived under the rule of a king, and was a farmer who plowed fields and harvested crops. Lina Zeldovich, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 May 2021 The solitary denizen of the deep soon became the subject of even more research and speculation. Pakinam Amer, Scientific American, 28 Sep. 2021 Mabel thinks that Sting—another denizen of their building, and at one point a hilariously unsuspecting suspect—is a member of U2. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 30 Aug. 2021 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/denizen. Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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