a person or animal that inhabits a place, especially as a permanent resident.

Origin of inhabitant

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin inhabitant- (stem of inhabitāns) dwelling in. See inhabit, -ant
Related formspre·in·hab·it·ant, noun

Synonyms for inhabitant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for inhabitant

Contemporary Examples of inhabitant

Historical Examples of inhabitant

  • An inhabitant of the Sultanate of Zanzibar, off the eastern coast of Africa.

  • An inhabitant of the moon, as distinguished from Lunatic, one whom the moon inhabits.

  • It was part of his work to know, at least by sight, every inhabitant of his district.

  • "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?

British Dictionary definitions for inhabitant



a person or animal that is a permanent resident of a particular place or region
Derived Formsinhabitancy or 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.

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