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

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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 Watching this, the two of us — one just off three years in Betsy DeVos’s Department of Education and the other a longtime denizen of the swamp — can’t help but feel an odd mix of envy and frustration. Frederick M. Hess, National Review, 23 May 2021 And an experiment in Germany has improved our understanding of the mass of this insubstantial denizen of the microcosm. Don Lincoln, Forbes, 18 May 2021 Another denizen of the 1950s with a rising profile today is Sari Dienes. New York Times, 7 May 2021 At one point, a Temple House denizen spills ink on Petrie’s typewriter., 15 Apr. 2021 The lone remaining denizen of the purple tier is Merced County, according to state data released Tuesday. Luke Money, Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2021 The Press-Register holds exclusive global rights to reportage of the Masked Observer, a mysterious denizen of the leisure class who covers the local Mardi Gras scene. al, 19 Feb. 2021 Zhang Yiming, Beijing’s richest denizen and founder of social media sensation TikTok, doubled his net worth to $35.6 billion. John Hyatt, Forbes, 6 Apr. 2021 Coincidentally, or not, the leg bones of the Cretaceous-period denizen – discovered last year, while the venue was closed during the pandemic – resemble the body of a violin. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, 1 Apr. 2021

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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 3 Aug. 2021.

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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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