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



BrE BrE//ˈdenɪzn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdenɪzn//
(formal or humorous) Belonging to society
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a person, an animal or a plant that lives, grows or is often found in a particular place synonym inhabitant polar bears, denizens of the frozen north the denizens of the local pub The denizens of the canteen were mainly the accountants and IT staff. The food was so hard that even the small denizens of the forest had left it untouched. See related entries: Belonging to society Word Originlate 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.
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