non·​cit·​i·​zen | \ ˌnän-ˈsi-tə-zən How to pronounce noncitizen (audio) also -sən How to pronounce noncitizen (audio) \

Definition of noncitizen

: a person who is not a citizen the only noncitizen in town often used before another noun noncitizen students

Examples of noncitizen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In another ruling Tuesday, the justices unanimously found that immigration courts need not formally determine that a noncitizen’s testimony in deportation proceedings lacks credibility before rejecting it. Jess Bravin, WSJ, 1 June 2021 Advocates of automatic voter registration say the immunity provision is in the bill to prevent a noncitizen from being arrested or deported in the unlikely event they are mistakenly registered because of a government error. Daniel Dale, CNN, 13 May 2021 The researchers were able to verify when 40% of 339 noncitizen respondents to the 2008 survey voted. Chelsey Cox, USA TODAY, 19 Nov. 2020 In 2018, the Supreme Court ruled that the clock didn’t stop until the noncitizen was notified of the time and place of the hearing. Jess Bravin, WSJ, 30 Apr. 2021 In 2009, a jet registered on behalf of a foreign owner through Wells Fargo crashed in a remote area of the Bahamas, triggering scrutiny of the FAA’s noncitizen trust policy., 13 Jan. 2021 The hotel plan, along with a ban on all noncitizen foreign visitors, was an attempt to curb a fresh spike in coronavirus cases., 29 Dec. 2020 Last year, after the high court blocked the citizenship question, the White House took up the Census Bureau on an earlier offer to estimate the number of noncitizen residents using administrative records. Kriston Capps,, 24 Dec. 2020 Jones-Correa also said the sample size is too small for a representative sample of the noncitizen population. Chelsey Cox, USA TODAY, 19 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of noncitizen

1850, in the meaning defined above

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“Noncitizen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of noncitizen

chiefly US : a person who lives in a country and is not a legal citizen of it


non·​cit·​i·​zen | \ ˌnän-ˈsi-tə-zən \

Legal Definition of noncitizen

: one who is not a citizen

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