Lexica → Word → citizen
Source Language Words:
early 14c., "inhabitant of a city," from Anglo-Fr. citezein (spelling altered by influence of denizen), from O.Fr. citeien "city-dweller, citizen" (12c., Mod.Fr. citoyen), from cite (see city) + -ain (see -ian). Replaced O.E. burhsittend and ceasterware. Sense of "inhabitant of a country" is late 14c.
A "citizen" is frequently interpreted as being an equal member of a society. However, citizenship can also imply lesser rights than others within the same community. It is why the term member is used to describe all relationships within Ucadian societies.