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[den-uh-zuh n] /ˈdɛn ə zən/
an inhabitant; resident.
a person who regularly frequents a place; habitué:
the denizens of a local bar.
British. an alien admitted to residence and to certain rights of citizenship in a country.
anything adapted to a new place, condition, etc., as an animal or plant not indigenous to a place but successfully naturalized.
verb (used with object)
to make a denizen of.
Origin of denizen
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English denisein < Anglo-French, equivalent to deinz within (Old French; see dedans) + -ein -an
Related forms
denization, denizenation, noun
denizenship, noun
undenizened, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for denizen
  • He is a survival from a vanished world, a denizen of the long cold of which he may yet be the returning harbinger.
  • In 1911, the Louvre's most famous denizen disappeared.
  • Privately he wonders if a city denizen has a right to a car at all, if he cannot house it off the street.
  • Each of its denizens comes through with his own particular ways and means .
  • My point of view is that of a long-time denizen of national laboratories.
  • For a media-soaked denizen of our postindustrial age, it would be difficult to imagine anything more banal than that play-by-play.
  • At least one ground-floor denizen isn't looking forward to selling.
  • Walking it with a longtime denizen offers a chance to bring alive some of that history.
  • As another Hamptons denizen wrote more than 70 years ago, the very rich are different from you and me.
  • Wreath goldenrod is another frequent denizen of our open, deciduous woods.
British Dictionary definitions for denizen


an inhabitant; occupant; resident
(Brit) an individual permanently resident in a foreign country where he enjoys certain rights of citizenship
a plant or animal established in a place to which it is not native
a naturalized foreign word
(transitive) to make a denizen
Word Origin
C15: from Anglo-French denisein, from Old French denzein, from denz within, from Latin de intus from within
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Word Origin and History for denizen

early 15c., from Anglo-French deinzein, from deinz "within, inside," from Late Latin deintus, from de- "from" + intus "within" (see ento-). Historically, an alien admitted to certain rights of citizenship; a naturalized citizen.

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