What does Citizen mean?

Definitions for Citizen
ˈsɪt ə zən, -səncit·i·zen

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. citizennoun

    a native or naturalized member of a state or other political community


  1. citizennoun

    A person that is a legally recognized as a member of a state, with associated rights and obligations.

    When the rebellion broke out, the United States promptly evacuated its citizens from the area.

  2. citizennoun

    A member of a state that is not a monarchy; used as antonym to subject.

  3. citizennoun

    A person that is a legally recognized resident of a city or town.

  4. citizennoun

    A resident of any particular place to which the subject feels to belong.

    Citizen of the World: The Life of Pierre Elliott Trudeau - a book written of the former Canadian prime minister by John English, 2007.

  5. citizennoun

    A civilian, as opposed to a soldier, police officer etc.

  6. Etymology: from citezein (spelling altered by influence of denizen), from citeain (Modern French citoyen), from cite (Modern French cité, English city), from citet, from civitas, from civis (English civil, civilian), from kei-.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Citizenadjective

    This is only in Shakespeare. Having the qualities of a citizen; as cowardice, meanness.

    So sick I am not, yet I am not well;
    But not so citizen a wanton, as
    To seem to die ere sick. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

  2. Citizennoun

    Etymology: civis, Lat. citoyen, French.

    All inhabitants within these walls are not properly citizens, but only such as are called freemen. Walter Raleigh, Hist. World.

    When he speaks not like a citizen,
    You find him like a soldier. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Far from noisy Rome, secure, he lives;
    And one more citizen to Sibyl gives. John Dryden, Juvenal.


  1. citizen

    Citizenship is an allegiance of person to a state. Each state determines the conditions under which it will recognize persons as its citizens, and the conditions under which that status will be withdrawn. Recognition by a state as a citizen generally carries with it recognition of civil, political, and social rights which are not afforded to non-citizens. In general, the basic rights normally regarded as arising from citizenship are the right to a passport, the right to leave and return to the country/ies of citizenship, the right to live in that country, and to work there. Some countries permit their citizens to have multiple citizenships, while others insist on exclusive allegiance.


  1. citizen

    A citizen is a legally recognized subject or member of a state or nation who is entitled to its protection, privileges, rights and benefits, and has specified duties and responsibilities towards the state. They can be a native or a naturalized person, meaning they were either born in that country or have been granted citizenship by that country.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Citizennoun

    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

  2. Citizennoun

    an inhabitant of a city; a townsman

  3. Citizennoun

    a person, native or naturalized, of either sex, who owes allegiance to a government, and is entitled to reciprocal protection from it

  4. Citizennoun

    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

  5. Citizenadjective

    having the condition or qualities of a citizen, or of citizens; as, a citizen soldiery

  6. Citizenadjective

    of or pertaining to the inhabitants of a city; characteristic of citizens; effeminate; luxurious

  7. Etymology: [OE. citisein, OF. citeain, F. citoyen, fr. cit city. See City, and cf. Cit.]


  1. Citizen

    Citizen is a 2001 Tamil action film directed by Sharavanan Subbaiya and produced by S. S. Chakravarthy. The film features Ajith Kumar in the lead role as a social activist with Vasundhara Das, Meena and Nagma playing supporting roles. The film's score and soundtrack are composed by Deva, whilst cinematography was handled by Ravi K. Chandran. The film opened to positive reviews in June 2001.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Citizen

    sit′i-zen, n. an inhabitant of a city: a member of a state: a townsman: a freeman:—fem. Cit′izeness.—adj. (Shak.) like a citizen.—v.t. Cit′izenise, to make a citizen of.—ns. Cit′izenry, the general body of citizens; Cit′izenship, the rights of a citizen. [M. E. citesein—O. Fr. citeain. See City.]

Editors Contribution

  1. citizen

    A person with the legislative authority and rights to reside in a specific country.

    The citizens love to have fun on carnival day.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 23, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Citizen is ranked #19602 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Citizen surname appeared 1,376 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Citizen.

    67.2% or 925 total occurrences were Black.
    25.3% or 349 total occurrences were White.
    3.5% or 49 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.4% or 34 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Citizen' in Nouns Frequency: #978

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Citizen in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Citizen in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Citizen in a Sentence

  1. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu:

    He himself killed, his army killed children in the playground. They killed our citizens and an American citizen in international waters. This is terrorism. Nobody can argue about Israeli aggression in Jerusalem in the al-Aqsa mosque, these provocations create frustration in the Muslim world and are becoming one of the reasons why these radical trends are emerging.

  2. William E. Borah:

    Without an unfettered press, without liberty of speech, all of the outward forms and structures of free institutions are a sham, a pretense -- the sheerest mockery. If the press is not free; if speech is not independent and untrammeled; if the mind is shackled or made impotent through fear, it makes no difference under what form of government you live, you are a subject and not a citizen.

  3. Chip Roy:

    One, to elevate them in the consciousness of the American people that they're our enemy, and they need to be destroyed, two, to give our law enforcement personnel and our government the tools and the power that is necessary to cut off their finances, to then go after American people who are providing them material support — if you're an American citizen helping a cartel member, then you need to go to jail — and do the things that are necessary to knock their knees out from under them.

  4. The Pope:

    Perhaps public financing would allow for me, the citizen, to know that I'm financing each candidate with a given amount of money.

  5. Patricia Arquette:

    To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else's equal rights, it's our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America.

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Translations for Citizen

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  • burgerAfrikaans
  • مُوَاطِن, مُوَاطِنَة, مواطنArabic
  • vətəndaşAzerbaijani
  • грамадзя́нін, грамадзя́нкаBelarusian
  • жи́тел, жител, граждани́н, циви́ленBulgarian
  • নাগরিকBengali
  • ciutadàCatalan, Valencian
  • občan, občankaCzech
  • dinesyddWelsh
  • borgerDanish
  • Zivilist, Bürger, Zivilistin, Staatsbürgerin, Einwohner, Staatsbürger, BürgerinGerman
  • κάτοικος, πολίτης, υπήκοος, δημότηςGreek
  • civitano, civiluloEsperanto
  • ciudadana, ciudadanoSpanish
  • kodanik, tsiviilisik, linnaelanikEstonian
  • شهروندPersian
  • kaupunkilainen, kansalainen, porvari, siviiliFinnish
  • habitant, citoyen, civile, citoyenne, civil, résidentFrench
  • saoranachScottish Gaelic
  • cidadánGalician
  • אֶזרָחHebrew
  • नागरिकHindi
  • polgár, állampolgárHungarian
  • քաղաքացիArmenian
  • rakyat, warganegaraIndonesian
  • ríkisborgari, borgari, íbúiIcelandic
  • cittadino, residente, civileItalian
  • אזרחHebrew
  • 公民, 人民, 文民, 民衆, 臣民, 民, 国民, 市民Japanese
  • მოქალაქეGeorgian
  • азаматKazakh
  • ពលរដ្ឋKhmer
  • ನಾಗರಿಕKannada
  • 국민, 시민Korean
  • гражданин, жаран, атуулKyrgyz
  • civisLatin
  • Bierger, BiergerinLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • ພົນລະເມືອງLao
  • pilietisLithuanian
  • pilsone, pilsonisLatvian
  • tangatawhenuaMāori
  • жи́тел, држа́вјанка, гра́ѓанин, гра́ѓанка, држа́вјанин, жи́телкаMacedonian
  • иргэнMongolian
  • warganegaraMalay
  • နိုင်ငံသားBurmese
  • burger, poorter, inwoner, particulier, staatsburger, stadsburgerDutch
  • borgerNorwegian
  • ciutadanOccitan
  • mieszkaniec, obywatelka, obywatel, cywilPolish
  • habitante, cidadã, cidadão, residente, citadino, morador, civilPortuguese
  • cetățeanRomanian
  • горожа́нка, гражда́нка, жи́тель, [[гражда́нский]] [[челове́к]], граждани́н, жи́тельница, по́дданный, [[гражданский, шта́тский, по́дданная, горожа́нин, гражда́нскийRussian
  • građanin, грађанка, грађанин, држављанин, становник, stanovnica, држављанка, državljanin, stanovnik, građanka, državljanka, становницаSerbo-Croatian
  • පුරවැසියාSinhala, Sinhalese
  • občanSlovak
  • meščan, državljan, občanka, meščanka, občan, državljankaSlovene
  • shtetasAlbanian
  • innevånare, medborgare, civilistSwedish
  • mwananchiSwahili
  • குடிமகன்Tamil
  • పౌరుడుTelugu
  • шахрванд, гражданинTajik
  • พลเมืองThai
  • raýat, grajjdanTurkmen
  • vatandaş, yurttaş, sivilTurkish
  • ватандашTatar
  • громадя́нин, громадя́нка, громадянинUkrainian
  • شہریUrdu
  • shaharlikUzbek
  • công dânVietnamese
  • בירגערYiddish
  • 公民Chinese

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