[ in-hab-i-tuhnt ]
/ ɪnˈhæb ɪ tənt /


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

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British Dictionary definitions for inhabitants


/ (ɪnˈhæbɪtənt) /


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 inhabitants



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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