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 Online scams that previously targeted gullible netizens have reached a new level, thanks to the introduction of deepfakes and AI. Maria Mocerino, Interesting Engineering, 25 June 2024 After parent company Meta rolled out its own AI integration earlier this month, netizens quickly flocked to forums like Reddit to complain about the integration and search for ways to turn it off. Mary Walrath-Holdridge, USA TODAY, 30 Apr. 2024 Customers could sign up for a 30-minute session that provided a one-on-one shopping experience, which quickly caught the attention of Chinese netizens and became a Weibo hot topic at one point. Denni Hu, WWD, 19 June 2024 Why do netizens think Stanley cups are made with lead? Mary Walrath-Holdridge, The Courier-Journal, 12 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for netizen 

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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 14 Jul. 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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