It's pretty hard to be on this planet and not be recognized as a citizen of somewhere. You can be a citizen of a city, a country, or the world. Citizen can mean "an inhabitant of a particular place."

To be recognized as an official citizen of a town, city, or country, one typically has to meet certain requirements. In return, one gets certain rights, such as the right to vote. In other uses, a citizen may just be someone who lives in a place, such as a "citizen of the world." That's a nice thing to be, but it's not going to get you social security payments when you retire.

Definitions of citizen
  1. noun
    a native or naturalized member of a state or other political community
    see moresee less
    alien, foreigner, noncitizen, outlander
    a person who comes from a foreign country; someone who does not owe allegiance to your country
    show 12 types...
    hide 12 types...
    active citizen
    a citizen who takes an active role in the community (as in crime prevention and neighborhood watch)
    a nonmilitary citizen
    freeman, freewoman
    a person who is not a serf or a slave
    private citizen
    a citizen who does not hold any official or public position
    a person who has returned to the country of origin or whose citizenship has been restored
    a man ranking above an ordinary freeman and below a noble in Anglo-Saxon England (especially one who gave military service in exchange for land)
    elector, voter
    a citizen who has a legal right to vote
    a member of a constituency; a citizen who is represented in a government by officials for whom he or she votes
    crossover, crossover voter
    a voter who is registered as a member of one political party but who votes in the primary of another party
    a voter who votes illegally at different polling places in the same election
    freedman, freedwoman
    a person who has been freed from slavery
    floating voter, swing voter
    a voter who has no allegiance to any political party and whose unpredictable decisions can swing the outcome of an election one way or the other
    type of:
    national, subject
    a person who owes allegiance to that nation
Word Family

Test prep from the experts

Boost your test score with programs developed by’s experts.

  • Proven methods: Learn faster, remember longer with our scientific approach.
  • Personalized plan: We customize your experience to maximize your learning.
  • Strategic studying: Focus on the words that are most crucial for success.


  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 8 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week


  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 10 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week


  • Number of words: 700+
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Time: 1 hour / week