in·​hab·​i·​tant | \ in-ˈha-bə-tənt How to pronounce inhabitant (audio) \

Definition of inhabitant

: one that occupies a particular place regularly, routinely, or for a period of time inhabitants of large cities the tapeworm is an inhabitant of the intestine

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Synonyms & Antonyms for inhabitant


denizen, dweller, habitant, inhabiter, occupant, resident, resider, tenant



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Examples of inhabitant in a Sentence

the inhabitants of the town don't like the tourists

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The polling booth in Gir Forest National Park in Gujarat is set up for the sole human inhabitant, a Hindu priest who lives among the lions. Amrit Dhillon, The Seattle Times, "Poll workers journey to reach India’s most remote voters," 14 Apr. 2019 The inhabitants are men, none identified, who have chosen to live in backwoods isolation. William Meyers, WSJ, "What to Give: Books About Photography," 15 Nov. 2018 Much of the new focus centers on Micronesia, a group of islands with just over 100,000 inhabitants near the midpoint of the 5,000 miles of waters between Hawaii and the Philippines. Ben Kesling, WSJ, "U.S. Military Refocuses on Pacific to Counter Chinese Ambitions," 3 Apr. 2019 Since 2015, Guatemala has seen its homicide rate drop to about 27 per 100,000 inhabitants, a level only slightly higher than neighboring Mexico and much better than in its Northern Triangle neighbors, El Salvador and Honduras. Maria Verza, The Seattle Times, "Poverty, unemployment, violence drive Guatemalan emigration," 26 Oct. 2018 In fact, the murder rate had dropped to the lowest on record in 2014 — 4.4 murders per 100,000 inhabitants. Brooks Jackson,, "Trump's Numbers (Second Quarterly Update) | FactCheck," 11 July 2018 According to the World Health Organization, 97 percent of cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants in developing countries don’t meet WHO air quality guidelines. Washington Post, "Africa’s pollution killing thousands of infants, study says," 27 June 2018 Cuba has one of the highest rates of suicide in Latin America with 17 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the World Health Organization. Nora Gámez Torres, miamiherald, "Fidel Castro’s son joined a long list of suicides in Cuba | Miami Herald," 2 Feb. 2018 The Interior Department, which posted the number, reported the country's homicide rate was 20.5 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2017, compared to 19.4 in 2011. Mark Stevenson, Houston Chronicle, "Mexico posts its highest homicide rate since record-keeping began," 21 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of inhabitant

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of inhabitant

: a person or animal that lives in a particular place


in·​hab·​i·​tant | \ in-ˈha-bə-tənt How to pronounce inhabitant (audio) \

Kids Definition of inhabitant

: a person or animal that lives in a place

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