net·​i·​zen ˈne-tə-zən How to pronounce netizen (audio)
 also  -sən
: an active participant in the online community of the Internet

Examples of netizen in a Sentence

the dismaying rudeness that so many netizens exhibit while online
Recent Examples on the Web The actors wore dresses with floating straps which instantly perplexed viewers and netizens alike. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 11 Mar. 2024 McCourt says everyday netizens have gotten a raw deal, exchanging the totality of their privacy for a free app or online service. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 16 Mar. 2024 In the first week of March, Zhejiang Daily, the official paper of the Communist Party in the eastern province of Zhejiang, published an opinion piece and an editorial on WeChat, urging netizens to stop attacking private enterprises and entrepreneurs. Laura He, CNN, 13 Mar. 2024 In its early days, the new law’s effects will be more about the power struggles behind the curtain of the world’s biggest companies; not about making netizens’ lives easier. Morgan Meaker, WIRED, 6 Mar. 2024 Why do netizens think Stanley cups are made with lead? The Courier-Journal, 23 Feb. 2024 Some netizens describe the coffee tasted a bit… — ShanghaiEye🚀official (@ShanghaiEye) February 20, 2024 Starbucks has just under 800 locations in China and is continuing its expansion in that country. Chris Morris, Fortune, 20 Feb. 2024 Any avid netizen might tell you that Ice Spice's power seems to lie partly in always being in on the joke. Anna Kaufman, USA TODAY, 26 Jan. 2024 The rap went viral, receiving both criticism and praise from netizens. Natalie Kainz, NBC News, 15 Jan. 2024

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Word History


blend of net and citizen

First Known Use

1984, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of netizen was in 1984

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“Netizen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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net·​i·​zen ˈnet-ə-zən How to pronounce netizen (audio)
: a user of the Internet
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