- 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.
- an owner through occupancy.
- one who is in actual possession.
Origin of occupant
Examples from the Web for occupant
Thus far the tomb at Amphipolis has produced artistic wonders, adding to speculation that its occupant(s) held very high rank.Amphipolis Tomb Yields Amazing Finds But Mysteries Linger
October 17, 2014
He is a popular former governor and current occupant of the Senate seat that Gillespie seeks to win.Virginia’s Next Senate Race Just Got Interesting
January 18, 2014
Indeed, the cupholders of every occupant in the row in front of me actually had chocolate milk in them.I Was Way Too Old for Z100’s Jingle Ball Concert. But I Couldn’t Have Had More Fun.
December 14, 2013
The challenge was to connect with ordinary voters and make them feel comfortable with him as an occupant of the Oval Office.Romney Plays It Safe
August 31, 2012
In his quest for the White House, Mitt Romney has repeatedly made the case that he is a better manager than its current occupant.Romney’s Shady Connections From Salt Lake Olympics Still Paying Off
May 14, 2012
The pole and the canopy of the hammock tangled inextricably its occupant.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
Was the occupant a rat or a skunk, and if so, what was he going to do?A Woman Tenderfoot
Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
Neither of the two had been there since its present occupant had had possession of it.Little Dorrit
The coffee-room had no other occupant, that forenoon, than the gentleman in brown.A Tale of Two Cities
He had, perhaps, a trifle less respect for the room and its occupant.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
- 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
Word Origin and History for occupant
1590s, "one who takes possession of something having no owner," from Middle French occupant (15c.) or directly from Latin occupantem (nominative occupans), present participle of occupare "to take possession of" (see occupy). Earlier noun form was ocupier (early 14c.).