- a person or animal that inhabits a place, especially as a permanent resident.
Origin of inhabitant
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Related Wordsdweller, settler, colonist, inmate, occupant, citizen, lodger, incumbent, lessee, denizen, aborigine, renter, boarder, neighbor, squatter, householder, tenant, native, suburbanite, roomer
Examples from the Web for inhabitants
In Sierra Leone, the group reported less than 10 physicians per 100,000 inhabitants.Why New York’s Ebola Case Will Hurt Infected Patients Everywhere
October 24, 2014
These goods were probably exchanged with Gedi inhabitants for animal skins and ivory.Kenya Has Its Own Machu Picchu—the Lost Town of Gedi
September 18, 2014
Half a century ago, there were said to be 30 libraries and 20,000 inhabitants.The Lost Libraries of the Sahara
September 11, 2014
They moved out, leaving few original inhabitants, and after a 1957 earthquake, the village was completely devoid of inhabitants.Turkey's Gorgeous Ghost Town
July 12, 2014
He foresees its thousand inhabitants as communicating with people in the outside world.A ‘Truman Show’ For Today: The Return of Josh Harris
July 11, 2014
We are not waging war against the inhabitants of the Philippine Islands.
We sought the inhabitants of the woods, but could discover none.
There are about eight hundred thousand inhabitants in the place.
But though the village was hidden from view, its inhabitants were not.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
I left this miserable but in admiration of the generosity of its inhabitants.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
- a person or animal that is a permanent resident of a particular place or region
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.