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inhabitant

[in-hab-i-tuhnt]
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noun
  1. a person or animal that inhabits a place, especially as a permanent resident.
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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

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inhabitant

noun
  1. a person or animal that is a permanent resident of a particular place or region
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Derived Formsinhabitancy or inhabitance, noun
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Word Origin and History for inhabitants

inhabitant

n.

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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