Citizen

Definition of Citizen

Cit´i`zen
n.1.One who enjoys the freedom and privileges of a city; a freeman of a city, as distinguished from a foreigner, or one not entitled to its franchises.
That large body of the working men who were not counted as citizens and had not so much as a vote to serve as an anodyne to their stomachs.
- G. Eliot.
2.An inhabitant of a city; a townsman.
3.A person, native or naturalized, of either sex, who owes allegiance to a government, and is entitled to reciprocal protection from it.
4.One who is domiciled in a country, and who is a citizen, though neither native nor naturalized, in such a sense that he takes his legal status from such country.
a.1.Having the condition or qualities of a citizen, or of citizens; as, a citizen soldiery.
2.Of or pertaining to the inhabitants of a city; characteristic of citizens; effeminate; luxurious.
I am not well,
But not so citizen a wanton as
To seem to die ere sick.
- Shak.

Related Words

burgess, burgher, citizen by adoption, civilian, cosmopolitan, cosmopolite, deditician, franklin, free citizen, freedman, freedwoman, freeman, freewoman, householder, hyphenate, hyphenated American, immigrant, metic, naturalized citizen, nonbelligerent, noncombatant, nonnative citizen, nonresistant, nonresister, oppidan, ratepayer, resident, taxpayer, towner, townsman, townswoman, villager, voter
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