Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for inhabitant
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Page 345An inhabitant of Dresden had a poodle that he was fond of, and had always treated kindly.

    Anecdotes of Dogs Edward Jesse
  • From my figure it was concluded that I was an inhabitant of the firmament.

  • Meanwhile there were no signs of an inhabitant, either in the house or out of it.

    Idolatry Julian Hawthorne
  • The hero is an inhabitant of the Gironde and not a member of the party which bore that name.

    Hilaire Belloc C. Creighton Mandell
  • When in the gloomy twilight I threw it over my shoulders no inhabitant of this island had courage to withstand its sight.

    Penguin Island Anatole France
  • I am a Frank by birth, but for nine years I have been an inhabitant of Egypt.'

    The Boy Crusaders John G. Edgar
  • This singular bird is an inhabitant of the distant interior, and was seen on several occasions, but invariably near hills.

  • And no one will tire of living, and the inhabitant never says, “I am sick.”

  • If the inhabitant of the Black River had refused you the pardon of his slave, I would have fought with him.'

    Paul and Virginia Bernadin de Saint-Pierre
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
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
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for inhabitant

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for inhabitant

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for inhabitant