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Meaning of CITIZEN

Pronunciation:  'sitizun

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a native or naturalized member of a state or other political community

CITIZEN is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 Antonyms: alien, foreigner, noncitizen, outlander
 See Also: active citizen, citizenry, civilian, elector, freeman, freewoman, national, people, repatriate, subject, thane, voter



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Cit"i*zen\, n. [OE. citisein, OF. citeain, F. citoyen,
    fr. cit['e] city. See {City}, and cf. {Cit}.]
    1. One who enjoys the freedom and privileges of a city; a
       freeman of a city, as distinguished from a foreigner, or
       one not entitled to its franchises.
             That large body of the working men who were not
             counted as citizens and had not so much as a vote to
             serve as an anodyne to their stomachs. --G. Eliot.
    2. An inhabitant of a city; a townsman. --Shak.
    3. A person, native or naturalized, of either sex, who owes
       allegiance to a government, and is entitled to reciprocal
       protection from it.
    Note: This protection is . . . national protection,
          recognition of the individual, in the face of foreign
          nations, as a member of the state, and assertion of his
          security and rights abroad as well as at home. --Abbot
    4. One who is domiciled in a country, and who is a citizen,
       though neither native nor naturalized, in such a sense
       that he takes his legal status from such country.
  2. \Cit"i*zen\, a.
    1. Having the condition or qualities of a citizen, or of
       citizens; as, a citizen soldiery.
    2. Of or pertaining to the inhabitants of a city;
       characteristic of citizens; effeminate; luxurious. [Obs.]
             I am not well, But not so citizen a wanton as To
             seem to die ere sick.                 --Shak.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: burgess, burgher, citizen by adoption, civilian, cosmopolitan, cosmopolite, deditician, denizen, dweller, franklin, free citizen, freedman, freedwoman, freeman, freewoman, householder, hyphenate, hyphenated American, immigrant, inhabitant, metic, national, native, naturalized citizen, nonbelligerent, noncombatant, nonnative citizen, nonresistant, nonresister, oppidan, ratepayer, resident, subject, taxpayer, towner, townsman, townswoman, villager, voter