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[in-hab-i-tuh nt] /ɪnˈhæb ɪ tənt/
a person or animal that inhabits a place, especially as a permanent resident.
Origin of inhabitant
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin inhabitant- (stem of inhabitāns) dwelling in. See inhabit, -ant
Related forms
preinhabitant, noun
dweller, denizen. Unabridged
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  • Page 345An inhabitant of Dresden had a poodle that he was fond of, and had always treated kindly.

    Anecdotes of Dogs Edward Jesse
  • From my figure it was concluded that I was an inhabitant of the firmament.

  • Meanwhile there were no signs of an inhabitant, either in the house or out of it.

    Idolatry Julian Hawthorne
  • The hero is an inhabitant of the Gironde and not a member of the party which bore that name.

    Hilaire Belloc C. Creighton Mandell
  • When in the gloomy twilight I threw it over my shoulders no inhabitant of this island had courage to withstand its sight.

    Penguin Island Anatole France
  • I am a Frank by birth, but for nine years I have been an inhabitant of Egypt.'

    The Boy Crusaders John G. Edgar
  • This singular bird is an inhabitant of the distant interior, and was seen on several occasions, but invariably near hills.

  • And no one will tire of living, and the inhabitant never says, “I am sick.”

  • If the inhabitant of the Black River had refused you the pardon of his slave, I would have fought with him.'

    Paul and Virginia Bernadin de Saint-Pierre
British Dictionary definitions for inhabitant


a person or animal that is a permanent resident of a particular place or region
Derived Forms
inhabitancy, inhabitance, noun
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Word Origin and History for inhabitant

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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