Citizen meaning

sĭtĭ-zən
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The definition of a citizen is a person born in a place or a naturalized resident.

An example of a citizen is a person born in the United States.

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A native, inhabitant, or denizen of any place.

Citizens of the deep.

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A person who, due to place of birth, naturalization, or other reasons (for example, citizenship of parents) is a member of a political community or of a civil state, such as a country or state, and is entitled to all the civil rights and protections thereof and owes allegiance to its government. See also naturalization and resident.
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A person owing loyalty to and entitled by birth or naturalization to the protection of a state or nation.
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A resident of a city or town, especially one entitled to vote and enjoy other privileges there.
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A person who is a legally recognized resident of a city or town.
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A member of a state or nation, esp. one with a republican form of government, who owes allegiance to it by birth or naturalization and is entitled to full civil rights.
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(dated) A member of a state that is not a monarchy; used in contrast with subject.
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A civilian, as distinguished from a person in military service, from a policeman, etc.
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A resident of any particular place to which the subject feels he/she belongs.
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A person who is legally recognized as a member of a state, with associated rights and obligations.

When the rebellion broke out, the United States promptly evacuated its citizens from the area.

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A civilian, as opposed to a soldier, police officer etc.
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A native, inhabitant, or denizen of a particular place.

Citizens of rural Utah.

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For purpose of federal diversity of citizenship lawsuits, a corporation that is incorporated or has its principal place of business in a state, or an alien granted permanent residence in the United States and residing in a state, is a citizen of that state.
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A civilian.
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(historical) A native or inhabitant, esp. a freeman or burgess, of a town or city.
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Origin of citizen

  • 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

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary