Definition of occupant in English:


Syllabification: oc·cu·pant
Pronunciation: /ˈäkyəpənt


  • 1A person who resides or is present in a house, vehicle, seat, place, etc., at a given time.
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    • Another factor of cardinal importance in protecting building occupants is debris mitigation.
    • Several ships tracked the pod, fearing that its sole occupant was escaping.
    • Mr Melvin was the sole occupant of the car, and no other vehicles were involved.
  • 1.1The holder of a position or office: the first occupant of the Oval Office
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    • The main concern of the Australian Republican Movement has always been with the Office of Governor-General rather than any one occupant of the position.
    • One newspaper said yesterday that they were proof that he is ‘one of the most reactionary occupants of his office in modern times’.
    • Over the years, Larry's show has become a favorite forum for would-be occupants of the Oval Office.
  • 1.2 Law A person holding property, especially land, in actual possession.
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    • The Government should demonstrate its commitment to property rights by evicting illegal occupants.
    • The goal is to have a safe, functional, and reliable system to protect the occupants and property.
    • Marcus contended that municipal services were linked to the property rather than the occupant.


late 16th century (in the legal sense 'person who establishes a title'): from French, or from Latin occupant- 'seizing', from the verb occupare.

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