from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An inhabitant; a resident: denizens of Monte Carlo.
- n. One that frequents a particular place: a bar and its denizens.
- n. Ecology An animal or a plant naturalized in a region.
- n. Chiefly British A foreigner who is granted rights of residence and sometimes of citizenship.
- transitive v. Chiefly British To make a denizen of; grant rights of residence to.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An inhabitant of a place; one who dwells in.
- n. One who frequents a place.
- n. A person with rights between those of naturalized citizen and resident alien (roughly permanent resident), obtained through letters patent.
- n. Used to describe the range or habitat of an animal or plant.
- v. To grant rights of citizenship to; to naturalize.
- v. To provide with denizens; to populate with adopted or naturalized occupants.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A dweller; an inhabitant.
- n. One who is admitted by favor to all or a part of the rights of citizenship, where he did not possess them by birth; an adopted or naturalized citizen.
- n. One admitted to residence in a foreign country.
- transitive v. To constitute (one) a denizen; to admit to residence, with certain rights and privileges.
- transitive v. To provide with denizens; to populate with adopted or naturalized occupants.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Within the city franchise; having acquired certain rights or privileges of citizenship.
- n. A stranger admitted to residence and certain rights in a foreign country; in English law, an alien admitted to citizenship by the sovereign's letters patent, but ineligible to any public office. The word has a similar meaning in South Carolina.
- n. A citizen; a dweller; an inhabitant.
- To make a denizen; admit to residence with certain rights and privileges; endenizen.
- n. In botany, a plant suspected to be of foreign origin, though behaving as if indigenous.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person who inhabits a particular place
- n. a plant or animal naturalized in a region
Middle English denisein, from Anglo-Norman denzein, from deinz, within, from Late Latin deintus, from within; see dedans.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English denisein, from Anglo-Norman denzein, from deinz ("within"), from Late Latin deintus ("from within") (French dedans). (Wiktionary)