Definition of citizen in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɪtɪz(ə)n/


1A legally recognized subject or national of a state or commonwealth, either native or naturalized: a British citizen
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  • Every citizen of the nation enjoys the cultural legacy afforded by song.
  • It is a display of loyalty and passion of a nation's citizens in its uniting icon: the flag.
  • One of the key points is that we have to respond as citizens rather than consumers.
subject, national, passport holder, native;
taxpayer, voter
1.1An inhabitant of a particular town or city: the good citizens of Edinburgh
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  • The management would like to point out that not all citizens of the fair city of Liverpool look like this.
  • What is the point of overriding a planning department in the council, and the citizens of the city?
  • A city was represented in other cities by one or more citizens of those cities.
inhabitant, resident, native, townsman, townswoman, householder, local;
humorous denizen, burgher
formal dweller
British archaic burgess
rare residentiary, oppidan


citizen of the world

A person who is at home in any country: he has long since ceased to be a provincial and is now very much a citizen of the world
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  • But Greenland educators are discovering that if Greenlandic students are to become citizens of the world - to use the Internet and pursue higher education - they must be able to communicate in it.
  • It was the domination of western style thinking and the growing preoccupation of the new regimes with Fabian style thinking that came in the way of citizens of the world, facing a new historical reality, together realising a better world.
  • The world is our country, we are citizens of the world and creatures of the universe.


Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French citezein, alteration (probably influenced by deinzein 'denizen') of Old French citeain, based on Latin civitas 'city' (see city).

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