Other Word Forms of Citizen
Origin of Citizen
Anglo-Norman, from Old French citezein (spelling altered by influence of denizen), from Old French citeien (Modern French citoyen), from cite (“settlement (regardless of size), later meaning cathedral town”) (Modern French cité, English city), from citet, from Latin civitas (“citizenship, community of citizens”), from civis (“townsman, citizen”) (English civil, civilian), from Proto-Indo-European *kei- (“to lie, homestead”).
Middle English citisein from Anglo-Norman citesein alteration (perhaps influenced by dainzain denizen) of Old French citeain from cite city city
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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