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 The government argued that because the girl appeared to be a noncitizen, officers were required by law to investigate any human trafficking concerns. Kate Morrissey, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 July 2022 Researchers found that noncitizen and Latino migrant workers respectively make up 50% and 75% of agricultural workers in the U.S. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 22 July 2022 An immigration judge, who is a Justice Department employee, concluded Patel intended to misrepresent his status for the purpose of getting his license, even though Georgia law entitled a noncitizen in Patel’s situation to a license to drive. Mark Sherman, ajc, 16 May 2022 Every vote cast in an election by a noncitizen dilutes the vote of a citizen. Jacob Posik, National Review, 1 Apr. 2022 Advocates put more pressure on lawmakers to create a program covering noncitizen seniors after the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Laura Rodríguez Presa,, 23 Mar. 2022 The federal Violence Against Women Act allows noncitizen victims of abuse to apply for lawful permanent resident status without their spouses’ involvement. Jaimie Dingstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2022 The commission’s legal team has now been tasked with drafting a noncitizen-voting proposal to be put to local voters as a future ballot question. Jacob Posik, National Review, 1 Apr. 2022 But Hungary admitted just 25,000 noncitizen immigrants in 2015, a mere 4,000 more than in 2012. Lyman R. Stone, National Review, 17 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of noncitizen

1850, in the meaning defined above

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“Noncitizen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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

Legal Definition of noncitizen

: one who is not a citizen

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