Definition of denizen in English:

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denizen

Pronunciation: /ˈdɛnɪz(ə)n/

noun

1 formal or humorous A person, animal, or plant that lives or is found in a particular place: denizens of field and forest
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
1.1British historical A foreigner allowed certain rights in their adopted country.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Derivatives

denizenship

noun
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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.

Words that rhyme with denizen

benison

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: deni|zen

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