citoyen etymology

French word citoyen comes from Latin civitas, and later Old French citet ((chiefly, 12th century).)

Detailed word origin of citoyen

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
civitas Latin (lat) "The City". (Medieval) a borough: a walled settlement, sometimes particularly former Roman towns. (Medieval, Christianity) the community of believers: either the Church or Heaven. (by extension) the body politic, the state. (classical) the capital or center of Roman administration in each Celtic civitas (see above). (late Medieval) a city: a Biblical, major, or specially incorporated town, [...]
citet Old French (fro) (chiefly, 12th century).
citeain Old French (fro)
citoyen Middle French (frm) Citizen.
citoyen French (fra) Citizen (attributive). Civic Citizen.

Words with the same origin as citoyen

Descendants of civitas
capitole capitoul citadelle citadin cité mégacité précité écocité