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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.
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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  • Sentient city with close relationship with its inhabitants dies.
  • Another group turned its attention to a particular host gene that seems to impact these inhabitants of the intestines.
  • Its history consists of memories and stories of its past inhabitants and present visitors.
  • The homes will have airlocks throughout to shield inhabitants from areas that have lost pressure.
  • The apportionment is to be based upon the number of citizens and not the number of inhabitants.
  • No, this isn't science fiction, and the town's inhabitants were not zapped by aliens or beamed onto a spaceship.
  • Nor could agricultural areas, dwindling as the city expanded, provide the necessary food to keep its inhabitants nourished.
  • The city was burned, the inhabitants killed or exiled, and much of the heritage of the past thousand years was lost.
  • Once the house is sealed, producing its own power and using it efficiently, its inhabitants become the weak link.
  • Imagination fills in the stories of that room,the chair and the history of the inhabitants of that now lonely room.
British Dictionary definitions for inhabitants


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 inhabitants



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.

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