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[in-hab-i-tuh nt] /ɪnˈhæb ɪ tənt/
a person or animal that inhabits a place, especially as a permanent resident.
Origin of inhabitant
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin inhabitant- (stem of inhabitāns) dwelling in. See inhabit, -ant
Related forms
preinhabitant, noun
dweller, denizen. Unabridged
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  • An inhabitant of the Sultanate of Zanzibar, off the eastern coast of Africa.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • An inhabitant of the moon, as distinguished from Lunatic, one whom the moon inhabits.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • It was part of his work to know, at least by sight, every inhabitant of his district.

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
  • "He also is an inhabitant of this system," Jon's guide added.

    Acid Bath Vaseleos Garson
  • This letter relates to the inhabitant of Devil's Cliff; is this not true, baron?

  • Place and inhabitant; as, 'What land is so barbarous as to allow this injustice?'

    The Verbalist Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
  • The death-knell of an inhabitant of the eastern parish was being tolled.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes Thomas Hardy
  • Less like a ghost than the inhabitant who did arrive, no human being well could be.

    Country Lodgings Mary Russell Mitford
  • In all this big country I was the only inhabitant—I and the wild things.

    Pluck on the Long Trail

    Edwin L. Sabin
British Dictionary definitions for inhabitant


a person or animal that is a permanent resident of a particular place or region
Derived Forms
inhabitancy, inhabitance, noun
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Word Origin and History for inhabitant

early 15c., from Anglo-French inhabitant, from Latin inhabitantem (nominative inhabitans), present participle of inhabitare (see inhabit). Related: Inhabitants. As an adjective, also from early 15c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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