noun, plural oc·cu·pan·cies.

Nearby words

  1. occult hydrocephalus,
  2. occultation,
  3. occulting light,
  4. occultism,
  5. occultist,
  6. occupant,
  7. occupation,
  8. occupation franchise,
  9. occupation groupings,
  10. occupation layer

Origin of occupancy

First recorded in 1590–1600; occup(ant) + -ancy

Related formsun·oc·cu·pan·cy, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for occupancy


noun plural -cies

the act of occupying; possession of a property
law the possession and use of property by or without agreement and without any claim to ownership
law the act of taking possession of unowned property, esp land, with the intent of thus acquiring ownership
the condition or fact of being an occupant, esp a tenant
the period of time during which one is an occupant, esp of property
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Word Origin and History for occupancy



1590s, "condition of being an occupant;" from occupant + -cy. Meaning "fact of occupying" is from 1833; that of "proportion of available space that is occupied" is attested by 1974.

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