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Meaning of “citizen” in the English Dictionary

"citizen" in British English

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citizennoun [C]

uk   /ˈsɪt.ɪ.zən/  us   /ˈsɪt̬-/
B2 a ​person who is a ​member of a ​particularcountry and who has ​rights because of being ​born there or because of being given ​rights, or a ​person who ​lives in a ​particulartown or ​city: The ​interests of British citizens ​livingabroad are ​protected by the British Embassy. He ​applied to become an American citizen. The citizens of Moscow ​woke up this ​morning to ​find they had a new ​government. Old ​people are just ​treated like second-class citizens (= ​unimportantpeople). He ​reassuredpeople that law-abiding citizens (= ​people who do not ​break the ​law) would have nothing to ​fear from the ​enquiries.

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(Definition of citizen from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"citizen" in American English

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citizennoun [C]

 us   /ˈsɪt̬·ə·zən/
politics & government a ​person who was ​born in a ​particularcountry and has ​certainrights or has been given ​certainrights because of having ​lived there: Nabokov was a Russian, then had British ​citizenship, and then ​became an American citizen. A ​largepart of ​ourjob is to ​educate citizens about ​theirrights. Oldpeople have been ​treated like ​second-class citizens. A citizen is also a ​person who ​lives in a ​particularplace: My ​sister is now a New Hampshire citizen.
(Definition of citizen from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"citizen" in Business English

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citizennoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈsɪtɪzən/
a ​person who is a ​member of a ​state or country, and has ​legalrights there: a British citizen To ​work in the US you must be a ​legal citizen or have a ​validworkvisa.
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(Definition of citizen from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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