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

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 Some tech-savvy Chinese netizens can use a VPN to access the internet from the rest of the world, but most people are not interested in seeking external sources of political information. King-wa Fu, Quartz, "Students in Hong Kong used fax machines to fight Chinese censorship of Tiananmen Square," 29 Oct. 2019 That means either overseas Chinese are involved, or netizens with access to online tools that allow them to vault the firewall. The Economist, "China’s thin-skinned online nationalists want to be both loved and feared by the West," 22 Aug. 2019 That hasn’t stopped Chinese netizens from making life horrible for his accuser—and deploying the inordinately horrified and amplified tools of today’s social media against her. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Stop Saying Social Media Has Changed Everything," 16 Dec. 2019 Over time, and especially in light of the 30th anniversary of the events in June, Chinese netizens are posting about the massacre on Weibo. King-wa Fu, Quartz, "Students in Hong Kong used fax machines to fight Chinese censorship of Tiananmen Square," 29 Oct. 2019 Pepe the Frog is more or less a young netizen's worldwide mood. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "Pepe the Frog Means Something Different in Hong Kong—Right?," 23 Aug. 2019 Kieran is caught up in angsty dynamics with other netizens, frustrated by his struggle to advance in the world, and irked by his lack of fruitful real-life relationships. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "A 23-year-old book about the internet predicted the web’s worst problems," 15 Oct. 2019 But some Chinese netizens circulated videos on sites out of Chinese censors’ reach, including Twitter and Facebook, using virtual private networks. Robyn Dixon,, "First Hong Kong protested. Now it’s Wuhan, China. What makes it Beijing’s latest headache?," 5 July 2019 According to friends of mine who assisted in the process, teams of netizens, none knowing each other personally, collaborated online and worked frantically to arrange the layout, text and placement of the advertisements. Kevin Yam, Quartz, "Why Hong Kong’s protests prove it deserves to be a global financial hub," 10 July 2019

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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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18 Jan 2020

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“Netizen.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of netizen

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

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