Definition of inhabitant in English:

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Pronunciation: /inˈhabədnt/


1A person or animal that lives in or occupies a place.
Example sentences
  • Fluttering inhabitants occupy birdcages at either side of the porch.
  • A number of revues, plays and cabaret evenings keep the Arctic inhabitants occupied.
  • Mercury thereby gets into the food chain and jeopardizes the health of northern inhabitants.
resident, occupant, occupier, dweller, squatter, settler;
local, native
formal denizen
(inhabitants) population, populace, people, public, community, citizenry, townsfolk, townspeople
1.1US A person who fulfills the requirements for legal residency.
Example sentences
  • He therefore proposed that the land and all wealth from it should be held communally by the inhabitants of each parish.
  • Moreover, the trust is not for the inhabitants of a parish or district, but only for some of such persons.
  • The only limits set by the Constitution for House members are that they be at least 25 years old, U.S. citizens and an inhabitant of the state from which they are elected.


Late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin inhabitare 'inhabit'.

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Syllabification: in·hab·it·ant

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