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[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
nonoccupant, noun
preoccupant, noun Unabridged
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  • The novelist wrote nothing to suggest that the castle's hidden chamber had an occupant.
  • Sometimes a job denial may be less about you and more about previous occupant.
  • The oily prayer stemmed from a dispute with the cubicle's occupant, who was on vacation at the time of the unlooked-for anointing.
  • That, however, could leave the the right-rear occupant unprotected in frontal and side crashes.
  • One of the tombs was particularly rich, suggesting that in life its occupant had wielded enormous power.
  • They feed on small fish such as gobies, sometimes entering their burrows in the seabed to snag the occupant.
  • The film ends as the trunk is toted away by an expressman, leaving the fate of its occupant to the imagination of the viewer.
  • In other words, the occupant's behaviour is a crucial factor governing the use of energy.
  • They are changing away from gas powered single occupant vehicles.
  • When nature undertakes to provide a house, it fits the occupant.
British Dictionary definitions for occupant


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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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.).

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