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denizen

Noun

1 a person who inhabits a particular place [syn: inhabitant, dweller, indweller]
2 a plant or animal naturalized in a region; "denizens of field and forest"; "denizens of the deep"

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English

Etymology

From Middle English denisein, from Anglo-Norman denzein, from deinz (meaning "within"), from deintus (meaning "from within"). Confer dedans.

Noun

  1. An inhabitant of a place; one who dwells in.
    The giant squid is one of many denizens of the deep.
  2. One who frequents a place.
    The denizens of that pub are of the roughest sort.
  3. A citizen naturalized through letters patent.
    Though born in Iceland, he became a denizen of Britain after leaving Oxford.
  4. Local flora and fauna.
    The bald eagle is a denizen of the northern part of the state.

Translations

an inhabitant of a place; one who dwells in
one who frequents a place
(UK) a citizen naturalized through letters patent
local flora and fauna

Verb

  1. transitive UK To grant rights of citizenship to; to naturalize.
    He was denizened to Ireland after fleeing his home country.

Extensive Definition

A denizen is a resident with rights intermediate between those of a citizen and those of a resident alien; in particular:
  • by denization, an obsolete process in English Common Law, dating from the 13th century, by which a foreigner gained some privileges of a British subject, including the right to hold English land, through letters patent
  • a "free Negro" in the United States before the abolition of slavery
Denizen may also refer to:
  • Denizen (video game), action computer game published by Players Software in 1988 for the ZX Spectrum

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