- 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|James Romm|October 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He is a popular former governor and current occupant of the Senate seat that Gillespie seeks to win.
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.|Kevin Fallon|December 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The challenge was to connect with ordinary voters and make them feel comfortable with him as an occupant of the Oval Office.
Nor had I given much heed to the single other occupant of the car, a thin, bearded man.Elevator Safety: Suzanne Hart’s Tragic Death Raises Questions|Maura Kelly|December 16, 2011|DAILY BEAST
The only occupant of Number 25 who seemed to be happy that night was Songbird, who came in whistling gaily.The Rover Boys on a Tour|Arthur M. Winfield
Still it was lofty, and it was wide enough to admit of a certain but limited amount of exercise to its occupant.In the Days of Chivalry|Evelyn Everett-Green
All these twenty-eight men insisted that I should have a whole bunk to myself—the occupant would shift and go to another fellow.The Land of the Long Night|Paul du Chaillu
A few minutes later the occupant of the other hammock lifted his head and listened."Forward, March"|Kirk Munroe
One bamboo chair had already been vacated by its occupant; in the other, sat a young English lady.A Bottle in the Smoke|Milne Rae
British Dictionary definitions for occupant
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.).