dual citizenship


: the status of an individual who is a citizen of two or more nations

Examples of dual citizenship in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other family members believed to be held hostage hold dual citizenship with Italy and Austria. Anna Schecter, NBC News, 12 Oct. 2023 This deadline applies to both U.S. citizens and resident aliens abroad, including those with dual citizenship. Detroit Free Press, 12 Apr. 2024 More than 100 hostages were released by Hamas during this time, the majority of them Israeli women and children, but also foreign nationals, some of whom hold dual citizenship. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, 14 Jan. 2024 Smirnov grew up in Ukraine and holds dual citizenship in the U.S. and in Israel, where his parents and sister live. Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times, 26 Feb. 2024 This includes 73 Israeli hostages (also counting dual citizenship holders), 23 Thai hostages and one Filipino. Siladitya Ray, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 Russia 'does not recognize dual citizenship' White House national security spokesman John Kirby told reporters Tuesday that the White House and the State Department were aware of reports of the arrest of a dual U.S.-Russia citizen. USA TODAY, 21 Feb. 2024 For years, Iran has imprisoned foreign nationals, usually those who hold dual citizenship in a Western country as well as Iran, and charged them with espionage. Dan De Luce, NBC News, 5 Sep. 2023 Matar was born in the U.S. but holds dual citizenship in Lebanon, where his parents were born. Carolyn Thompson, USA TODAY, 3 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1924, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dual citizenship was circa 1924

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“Dual citizenship.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dual%20citizenship. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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