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citizen

[sit-uh-zuh n, -suh n] /ˈsɪt ə zən, -sən/
noun
1.
a native or naturalized member of a state or nation who owes allegiance to its government and is entitled to its protection (distinguished from alien).
2.
an inhabitant of a city or town, especially one entitled to its privileges or franchises.
3.
an inhabitant, or denizen:
The deer is a citizen of our woods.
4.
a civilian, as distinguished from a soldier, police officer, etc.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English citisein < Anglo-French citesein, Old French citeain, equivalent to cite city + -ain -an; Anglo-French s perhaps by association with deinzain denizen
Related forms
citizenly, adjective
noncitizen, noun
uncitizenly, adjective
undercitizen, noun
Can be confused
citizen, resident.
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citizen

/ˈsɪtɪzən/
noun
1.
a native registered or naturalized member of a state, nation, or other political community Compare alien
2.
an inhabitant of a city or town
3.
a native or inhabitant of any place
4.
a civilian, as opposed to a soldier, public official, etc
related
adjective civil
Derived Forms
citizeness (ˈsɪtɪzənɪs; -ˌnɛs) noun:feminine
citizenly, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-French citesein, from Old French citeien, from cité,city
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Word Origin and History for non citizen

citizen

n.

early 14c., "inhabitant of a city," from Anglo-French citezein (spelling subsequently altered, probably by influence of denizen), from Old French citeien "city-dweller, town-dweller, citizen" (12c., Modern French citoyen), from cite (see city) + -ain (see -ian). Replaced Old English burhsittend and ceasterware. Sense of "inhabitant of a country" is late 14c. Citizen's arrest recorded from 1941; citizen's band (radio) from 1947. Citizen of the world (late 15c.) translates Greek kosmopolites.

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Slang definitions & phrases for non citizen

citizen

noun

A person of a more conservative, established, and prosaic caste than oneself; square (1960s+ Black & counterculture)


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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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