Definition of citizen noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    citizen

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈsɪtɪzn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪtɪzn//
     
    Belonging to society
     
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  1. 1  a person who has the legal right to belong to a particular country She's Italian by birth but is now an Australian citizen. British citizens living in other parts of the European Union See related entries: Belonging to society
  2. 2  a person who lives in a particular place the citizens of Budapest When you're old, people treat you like a second-class citizen. see also senior citizen
  3. compare subject
    Word Origin Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French citezein, alteration (probably influenced by deinzein ‘denizen’) of Old French citeain, based on Latin civitas ‘city’, from civis ‘citizen’.Extra examples Gay people have had enough of being treated as second-class citizens. It’s not clear how the new law will affect the ordinary citizen. She is a prominent citizen of the town. The king was visiting France as a private citizen. They are fighting for acceptance as full citizens of the country. This terrible crime has shocked all law-abiding citizens. a group of indigenous people fighting for acceptance as full citizens of the country discounts for senior citizens lawsuits brought against private citizens minorities who felt they had been treated as second-class citizens travel concessions for senior citizens Citizens of other European countries do not need work permits. He later became a naturalized citizen of the United States. Our job is to protect the citizens of Belfast and make it a safe city to live in. She’s Italian by birth, but is now an Australian citizen. The issues that interested most French citizens were domestic rather than foreign. When you’re old, people treat you like a second-class citizen.
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