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

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, 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, 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, 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, 17 Feb. 2020 Thais are avid netizens, spending an improbable ten hours online each day, according to the government. The Economist, 10 Oct. 2019 With that, the Panama Papers and the information in them was rendered inaccessible to all Chinese netizens. Popular Science, 4 Oct. 2018 Chinese netizens began to push for transparency, accountability and the rule of law. New York Times, 29 Jan. 2020 Another netizen reported buying two $224 tickets, so $448 total, landing downstairs in the comfort of section PR7. NBC News, 24 Feb. 2020 See More

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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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“Netizen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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