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 nounnoncitizen students

Examples of noncitizen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web State and federal law bars noncitizens from voting. USA TODAY, "Giga roller coaster, ‘granny’ centennial, lion cubs born, Parker the cat passes away: News from around our 50 states," 24 Jan. 2020 The United Arab Emirates passed a new regulation empowering companies to grant paid and unpaid leave and cut wages temporarily or permanently for noncitizen employees. Ben Hubbard, New York Times, "Coronavirus Fears Terrify and Impoverish Migrants in the Persian Gulf," 13 Apr. 2020 As to the second control knob, border restrictions, most countries have already banned entry to almost all noncitizens. Kai Kupferschmidt, Science | AAAS, "Ending coronavirus lockdowns will be a dangerous process of trial and error," 14 Apr. 2020 Administration officials as well as their foreign counterparts initially had suggested that the policy would apply to migrants other than asylum seekers or unaccompanied children, and that Mexico, for example, would not accept noncitizens. Los Angeles Times, "Trump administration, citing coronavirus, expels 10,000 migrants in less than 3 weeks," 9 Apr. 2020 What's more, about 3 billion people (39%) reside where countries have shuttered borders completely to noncitizens and nonresidents. Nicquel Terry Ellis, USA TODAY, "93% of world's population lives somewhere with a travel restriction amid coronavirus, research says," 2 Apr. 2020 Canada will close its borders to noncitizens and permanent residents, with the exception of Americans and a few diplomats, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday. Fox News, "Canada closes border to noncitizens amid coronavirus; Americans exempt, Trudeau says," 16 Mar. 2020 The state has the highest number of births to noncitizens outside of California, and many of those women are low-income. Nina Martin, ProPublica, "The Extraordinary Danger of Being Pregnant and Uninsured in Texas," 8 Dec. 2019 Late Wednesday, President Donald Trump signed a proclamation restricting entry to the United States of noncitizens from virtually all of Europe. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, "Quiet amid chaos: US airports show impact of coronavirus, Europe travel ban," 12 Mar. 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 3 Aug. 2020.

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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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