1. an inhabitant; resident.
  2. a person who regularly frequents a place; habitué: the denizens of a local bar.
  3. British. an alien admitted to residence and to certain rights of citizenship in a country.
  4. anything adapted to a new place, condition, etc., as an animal or plant not indigenous to a place but successfully naturalized.

verb (used with object)

  1. to make a denizen of.


  1. an inhabitant; occupant; resident
  2. British an individual permanently resident in a foreign country where he enjoys certain rights of citizenship
  3. a plant or animal established in a place to which it is not native
  4. a naturalized foreign word


  1. (tr) to make a denizen

early 15c., from Anglo-French deinzein, from deinz “within, inside,” from Late Latin deintus, from de- “from” + intus “within” (see ento-). Historically, an alien admitted to certain rights of citizenship; a naturalized citizen.

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