non·​cit·​i·​zen ˌnän-ˈsi-tə-zən How to pronounce noncitizen (audio)
-sən How to pronounce noncitizen (audio)
: 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 Those programs allow noncitizens to temporarily, and legally, live inside and work in the United States. Liz Goodwin, Washington Post, 10 Apr. 2024 On Sunday, New Zealand’s government reported that 173,000 noncitizens migrated to the country last year, almost a record. Lionel Lim, Fortune Asia, 8 Apr. 2024 Both refugees and individuals granted asylum have legal status in the U.S. Tyson said that approximately 42,000 of its current U.S. employees are noncitizens with work authorization. Melissa Goldin, Quartz, 22 Mar. 2024 In 2018, the foundation started a petition process that allowed American publishers to submit works by noncitizens. Cameron Pugh, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Mar. 2024 President Biden’s failure to address our border crisis signals a troubling new trend and campaign tactic from the Left: a push to open our elections to noncitizen voting. Brad Raffensperger, National Review, 12 Mar. 2024 Counting noncitizens produces a greater number of smaller districts than otherwise would exist, which magnifies the power of the voting citizens in those districts. The Arizona Republic, 29 Mar. 2024 Following the judge's decision Friday, the Florida secretary of state’s office will not be able to enforce provisions in state law barring noncitizens from participating in voter registration efforts. Nicole Acevedo, NBC News, 4 Mar. 2024 The idea here is to find noncitizens who registered to vote. Kayla Dwyer, The Indianapolis Star, 1 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of noncitizen was in 1850

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“Noncitizen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Legal Definition


: one who is not a citizen

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