Denizen meaning

dĕnĭ-zən
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The definition of a denizen is a person who inhabits or is a resident of a particular place, or a plant or animal that has become naturalized.

When someone lives in a particular town, he is an example of a denizen of that town.

When a bird becomes naturalized to a certain geographic area, this is an example of the bird being a denizen.

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An inhabitant; a resident.

Denizens of Monte Carlo.

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One that frequents a particular place.

A bar and its denizens.

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(ecology) An animal or a plant naturalized in a region.
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(chiefly british) A foreigner who is granted rights of residence and sometimes of citizenship.
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To make a denizen of; grant rights of residence to.
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(brit.) An alien granted specified rights of citizenship.
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An animal, plant, foreign word, etc. that has become naturalized.
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(brit.) To naturalize.
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An inhabitant of a particular place. A "denizen of the Internet" is a person who frequently uses the Web or other Internet facilities.
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An inhabitant of a place; one who dwells in.

The giant squid is one of many denizens of the deep.

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One who frequents a place.

The denizens of that pub are of the roughest sort.

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Though born in Iceland, he became a denizen of Britain after leaving Oxford.
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(biology) An animal or plant from a particular range or habitat.

The bald eagle is a denizen of the northern part of the state.

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(UK) To grant rights of citizenship to; to naturalize.

He was denizened to Ireland after fleeing his home country.

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To provide with denizens; to populate with adopted or naturalized occupants.
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Origin of denizen

  • Middle English denisein from Anglo-Norman denzein from deinz within from Late Latin deintus from within dedans

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English denisein, from Anglo-Norman denzein, from deinz (“within”), from Late Latin deintus (“from within”) (French dedans).

    From Wiktionary