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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Examples of inhabitant in a Sentence

the inhabitants of the town don't like the tourists
Recent Examples on the Web The United States is the world’s undisputed champion in firearm ownership, with more guns than people: 121 civilian firearms per 100 inhabitants. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Is there something wrong with us?," 7 Aug. 2019 Honduras’ murder rate last year was 41 per 100,000 inhabitants, after peaking at 86 in 2011. Elliot Spagat, Washington Post, "AP Explains: Questions and answers on new US asylum ban," 16 July 2019 In 2012 the country had the highest murder rate in the world: nationally 90 people per 100,000 inhabitants were killed, but in San Pedro Sula the rate was 169 per 100,000. Roberto Saviano, The New York Review of Books, "The Migrant Caravan: Made in USA," 7 Mar. 2019 These stone beads were worn by inhabitants of the Japanese islands over 2000 years ago and have made their way into art today. Jennifer Boehm,, "Things to do with the kids this weekend: ArtsLaunch, Kids Expo, Grandparent’s Day," 6 Sep. 2019 Her flat tone matches the passivity of most of the island’s inhabitants, which in turn suggests a capitulation to deeply buried personal and societal trauma. Jon Michaud, Washington Post, "In ‘The Memory Police,’ an authoritarian government tries to erase the past," 15 Aug. 2019 Bluegill, mullet, gar and minnows are some of the spring’s underwater inhabitants. Patrick Connolly,, "Ichetucknee Springs provides visitors a 3-hour natural lazy river tube run," 13 Aug. 2019 Today, everyone realizes [the park] is a very good thing, because of the development of high-quality ecotourism, which benefits the park’s inhabitants. National Geographic, "How to go wild in the French Riviera," 5 Aug. 2019 Twelve miles from the landing site, in the town of Piedmont, a shocking discovery is made: the streets are littered with the dead bodies of the town’s inhabitants. David Canfield,, "First Look: The Andromeda Strain is back with a new look for its 50th anniversary," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of inhabitant

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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27 Oct 2019

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The first known use of inhabitant was in the 15th century

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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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