netizen

noun
net·​i·​zen | \ ˈne-tə-zən How to pronounce netizen (audio) also -sən \

Definition of netizen

: an active participant in the online community of the Internet

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Examples of netizen in a Sentence

the dismaying rudeness that so many netizens exhibit while online
Recent Examples on the Web Hack impact:When a top cybersecurity firm gets hacked, what is the takeaway for the average netizen? Eric Tucker, Tom Krisher, USA TODAY, "US government agencies hacked; Russia a possible culprit," 14 Dec. 2020 Bank of China, one of China’s largest banks, has found itself in the crosshairs of domestic netizens in recent days thanks to a retail investment product named Crude Oil Treasure. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "A Chinese Bank’s Billion-Dollar Oil Slick," 28 Apr. 2020 Harry Harris, Washington's envoy to South Korea, has been subjected to heated vitriol on social media and by anonymous netizens for his mustache. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "Racism, history and politics: Why South Koreans are flipping out over a US ambassador's mustache," 17 Jan. 2020 Taiwan also saw a toilet paper run after netizens circulated rumors online that production of toilet paper was being curtailed because paper pulp was being used to make face masks instead. Time, "Knife-Wielding Robbers in Hong Kong Steal 600 Rolls of Toilet Paper Amid Coronavirus Panic," 17 Feb. 2020 Thais are avid netizens, spending an improbable ten hours online each day, according to the government. The Economist, "Thailand takes unusual steps to improve sex education," 10 Oct. 2019 With that, the Panama Papers and the information in them was rendered inaccessible to all Chinese netizens. Popular Science, "Here’s China’s massive plan to retool the web," 4 Oct. 2018 Chinese netizens began to push for transparency, accountability and the rule of law. New York Times, "Her Uighur Parents Were Model Chinese Citizens. It Didn’t Matter.," 29 Jan. 2020 Another netizen reported buying two $224 tickets, so $448 total, landing downstairs in the comfort of section PR7. NBC News, "Memorial attendees provide window into event via Snapchat," 24 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of netizen

1984, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for netizen

blend of net and citizen

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The first known use of netizen was in 1984

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“Netizen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/netizen. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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netizen

noun

English Language Learners Definition of netizen

: a person who actively uses the Internet especially in a proper and responsible way

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