Definition of denizen in English:


Line breaks: deni|zen
Pronunciation: /ˈdɛnɪz(ə)n


formal or • humorous
  • 1A person, animal, or plant that lives or is found in a particular place: denizens of field and forest
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    • I'd like to take you on a little jaunt through my backyard here in Ithaca to meet some of the plant denizens I spend much of my time admiring.
    • Their fleshy leaves readily absorb and retain moisture because most of these plants are denizens of the desert.
    • If your yard is wet, however, plant bog plants and denizens of the damp.
    inhabitant, resident, townsman, townswoman, native, local; occupier, occupant, dweller
    informal , • derogatory local yokel
    historical burgher, burgess
    rare habitant, residentiary, oppidan, indweller
  • 1.1British historical A foreigner allowed certain rights in their adopted country.
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    • The denizen was not a citizen because he did not have any political rights: he could not be a member of parliament or hold any civil or military office.
    • The denizen was not a citizen nor an alien: but had a status akin to permanent residency today.



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  • Since we are far from a global citizenship, we are aware of the fact that a status grounded on denizenship will also exclude some residents in Europe.
  • In the case that there is no institution concerning denizenship in the country concerned but there is the equivalent right to the denizenship it will be acknowledged as denizenship.
  • The sovereign cannot make a citizen by any act of his own; he can confer denizenship, but this does not make a man either a citizen or subject.


late Middle English deynseyn, via Anglo-Norman French from Old French deinz 'within' (from Latin de 'from' + intus 'within') + -ein (from Latin -aneus '-aneous'). The change in the form of the word was due to association with citizen.

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