[ ok-yuh-puh nt ]
/ ˈɒk yə pənt /


a person, family, group, or organization that lives in, occupies, or has quarters or space in or on something: the occupant of a taxicab; the occupants of the building.
a tenant of a house, estate, office, etc.; resident.
  1. an owner through occupancy.
  2. one who is in actual possession.

Origin of occupant

1590–1600; < Middle French occupant, present participle of occuper. See occupy, -ant

Related forms

non·oc·cu·pant, nounpre·oc·cu·pant, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for occupant


/ (ˈɒkjʊpənt) /


a person, thing, etc, holding a position or place
law a person who has possession of something, esp an estate, house, etc; tenant
law a person who acquires by occupancy the title to something previously without an owner
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