What is a citizen?

What is a citizen? Here are some definitions.

  1. (obsolete) A resident of a city or town, particularly:
    1. (historical) A freeman or burgher: a legally-recognized member of an incorporated city.
    2. (obsolete) A member of the early modern urban middle class, distinguished from nobles and landed gentry on one side and from peasants, craftsmen, and laborers on the other.
    3. (Christianity) A resident or future resident of the heavenly city or (later) of the kingdom of God: a Christian; a good Christian.
  2. A legally-recognized member of a state, with associated rights and obligations; a person considered in terms of this role, particularly:
    1. (dated) A member of a state that is not a monarchy.
    2. (historical, usually capitalized) A term of address among French citizens during the French Revolution or towards its supporters elsewhere; (later, dated) a term of address among socialists and communists.
  3. An inhabitant: a member of any place.
  4. A private citizen: a civilian, as opposed to a police officer, professional soldier, or other (usually state) group.
  5. (computing) An object.
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You may meet an occasional solid citizen walking a besweatered dog or taking a child to the corner park.
The text of Cassius Dio seems to suggest that Seneca, who was a private citizen, was responsible for the violence.
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Both governments exclude some people born in Northern Ireland, in particular persons born without one parent who is a British or Irish citizen.
In 1963, he was the first of only eight people to be made an honorary citizen of the United States.
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