• WordNet 3.6
    • n citizen a native or naturalized member of a state or other political community
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: From 13th June'1948 to 1st June'1958 a citizen of Los Angeles hiccoughed 160,000,000 times. People sent him 60,000 suggestions for cures.
    • Citizen A person, native or naturalized, of either sex, who owes allegiance to a government, and is entitled to reciprocal protection from it.
    • Citizen An inhabitant of a city; a townsman.
    • Citizen Having the condition or qualities of a citizen, or of citizens; as, a citizen soldiery.
    • Citizen 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."
    • Citizen 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."
    • Citizen 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In North Andover, Massachusetts citizens are prohibitied from carrying 'space guns.'
    • n citizen A native of a city or town, or one who enjoys the freedom and privileges of the city or town in which he resides; a freeman of a city or town, as distinguished from a foreigner or one not entitled to its franchises.
    • n citizen Any inhabitant of a city or town, as opposed to an inhabitant of a rural district; a townsman.
    • n citizen In a restricted sense, a person engaged in trade, as opposed to a person of birth and breeding.
    • n citizen A member of the state or nation; one bound to the state by the reciprocal obligation of allegiance on the one hand and protection on the other. Persons of the following classes are citizens of the United States: Persons born in the United States and not subject to any foreign power (except untaxed Indians). This includes children of alien parents other than those of foreign ambassadors, etc. Children born elsewhere to fathers who were, at the time of their birth, citizens at some time resident in the United States. Naturalized persons, including some in effect naturalized by treaty, etc. Women (though not born here nor naturalized) if not incapable of naturalization, and married to citizens, Freedmen under the act of emancipation. Indians born within the United States who have withdrawn from the tribal relation, entered civilized life, and are taxed. Indians who have accepted lands allotted in severalty under the Dawes Bill (1887); but there may be a question whether they practically become citizens before their reservation is thrown open. A person may be a citizen of the United States without being a citizen of any particular State, as, for instance, an inhabitant of the District of Columbia. The two citizenships are distinct in legal contemplation, although one is usually held by any person who holds the other; and practically, as a general rule, citizenship in a State consists of citizenship of the United States plus a domicile (that is, a fixed abode) in the State. The right to vote or hold office is not a test of citizenship, for minors and women are commonly citizens without those rights, and there are cases where alines may hold office.
    • n citizen A private person, as opposed to a civil official or a soldier: as, a police officer in citizen's dress.
    • citizen Having the qualities of a citizen; town-bred; effeminate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first-lady of the U.S. is considered a private citizen.
    • n Citizen sit′i-zen an inhabitant of a city: a member of a state: a townsman: a freeman
    • adj Citizen (Shak.) like a citizen
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  • Abraham Lincoln
    “If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world.”
  • Theodore Roosevelt
    “The first requisite of a good citizen in this republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his weight.”
  • John Hospers
    John Hospers
    “The greater the hold of government upon the life of the individual citizen, the greater the risk of war.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    “Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history.”
  • Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt
    “Wherever the citizen becomes indifferent to his fellows, so will the husband be to his wife, and the father of a family toward the members of his household.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. citisein, OF. citeain, F. citoyen, fr. cité, city. See City, and cf. Cit


In literature:

R. May, who was a citizen of Berne, in Switzerland, but in the British service, to visit Switzerland and get recruits for his colony.
"The History of Minnesota and Tales of the Frontier" by Charles E. Flandrau
It is the common citizen of New York who is never quiet.
"American Sketches" by Charles Whibley
I am now a private citizen on the banks of the Potomac.
"Washington and the American Republic, Vol. 3." by Benson J. Lossing
Hence, a Catholic who is true to his Church and her teachings makes the best citizen.
"The Loyalist" by James Francis Barrett
America invites all men to become citizens; but it implies the dogma that there is such a thing as citizenship.
"What I Saw in America" by G. K. Chesterton
The Citizen at first made no reply.
"Sentimental Education, Volume II" by Gustave Flaubert
Reading and writing were taught to a limited degree, but the chief end of education was to prepare the citizen for war.
"History of Education" by Levi Seeley
You will be better citizens of the present for knowing about the citizens of the past.
"The History of London" by Walter Besant
The measure was first proposed at a meeting of the citizens of Boston, held on May 13, 1774.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
Food, clothing, lodging, &c., would be given gratis to the citizens.
"British Socialism" by J. Ellis Barker

In poetry:

And let the Heavenly citizens
rejoice in those
who have imitated them in this way.
"O Presul Vere Civitatis" by Hildegard von Bingen
In Padua and Pavia,
'Tis not to prayers they call;
But they summon all the citizens,
To conquer or to fall.
"The March Of Freedom" by Ernest Jones
Be satisfied. There is no inch of space
For foot to rest on yonder. Look! look there!
How the flames rise!
"The Dance To Death. Act V" by Emma Lazarus
The captain seized the little waif,
And said, "What dost thou here?"
"Sapristi, Citizen captain!
I'm a Communist, my dear!"
"A Triumph Of Order" by John Hay
Today, on equal ground he stands
With loyal, true, and noble men.
He loves his country, and remains
A law abiding citizen.
"Honour's Appeal To Justice" by Olivia Ward Bush-Banks
Success to him and his family.
And may God them defend:
Why? fellow citizens of Dundee,
Because he is the poor man's friend.
"To Mr James Scrymgeour, Dundee" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

From UK to US citizen.
This is a letter about United States citizens who have the privilege to vote.
Tucson Citizen's all sports page.
SPECIAL TO THE CITIZEN (, Lehigh Acres Citizen.
First Citizens Bank eyes move to downtown Savannah's Cay Building.
Citizen insight into Oberstar's defeat.
Filmmaker Zhang Zanbo made a documentary showing how local officials go to great lengths to prevent citizens from lodging protests in Beijing.
The majority of these senior citizens are women.
Agent Who Helped Thwart Underwear Bomb Plot Was British Citizen.
Barrow CERT seeks citizens for next class.
The Barrow County Community Response Team, commonly known as CERT , is looking for a few good citizens to join its ranks.
Now, dog owners are unleashing a few choice words of their own against a new city plan to send 100 citizen volunteers, armed with cell phones, into the parks to spy on them.
Health Reform's Missing Ingredient: A Charismatic Citizen Leader.
The Veit Youth Charitable Trust , administered by Citizens Bank's Wealth Management Division, has awarded The Salvation Army Flint Citadel Corps a $5,000 grant in support of their after-school program.
The generation gap between African citizens and their leaders is significant.

In science:

Average citizens, though less informed, as an aggregate, may have fewer biases and self interests.
Widescope - A social platform for serious conversations on the Web
Pathfinder: an online collaboration environment for citizen scientists.
Widescope - A social platform for serious conversations on the Web
In government, data is made available to increase transparency how government operates and to encourage participation of citizens.
Open Data: Reverse Engineering and Maintenance Perspective
The Open Government Data (OGD) Stakeholder Survey ( conducted in 2010 has collected 329 responses from citizens, politicians, public administrators, industry, media and science that are producers, publishers and/or consumers of open data .
Open Data: Reverse Engineering and Maintenance Perspective
This possibility is behind a modern trend of data mining where citizens are invited to help scientists analyze hundreds of survey images in search for new findings.
Astrophysics datamining in the classroom: Exploring real data with new software tools and robotic telescopes