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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As a result, the inhabitants of a rather small island grow up knowing surprisingly little about their own neighbours. The Economist, "“Us” v “them” in South Asia," 29 June 2019 The royal inhabitants of Kensington Palace are continuing to make moves. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth's Cousin, the Duke of Gloucester, Is Moving Out of His Kensington Palace Apartment," 27 June 2019 Only the inhabitants of two German cities have been spared. Maria Garcia,, "Review: Zombies are the threat in the dark fairy tale ‘Endzeit — Ever After’," 25 June 2019 Adivasi: a general term for the original tribal inhabitants of India. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "Millions of indigenous people face eviction from their forest homes," 15 May 2019 Today, the original inhabitants of North America live on reservations. Marc-olivier Bherer, Harper's magazine, "No Reservations," 10 May 2019 Last year’s FIFA World Cup, hosted by Russia, cost $14 billion but brought new hotels, transport facilities, and other improvements that continue to serve the inhabitants of the 11 Russian cities where it was held. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, "To make Russia great again, Putin is building roads and bridges," 13 Mar. 2019 Arranmore, a tiny Island off the northwestern coast of Ireland, is down to less than 500 inhabitants, and its remaining natives are trying to recruit people to travel and live there, permanently. Eric Todisco,, "A Tiny Island Off the Coast of Ireland Is Asking Americans to Move There: See Photos," 14 June 2019 Westing is found dead, and sixteen letters are quickly delivered from his estate, inviting the inhabitants and workers of Sunset Towers to a reading of the tycoon’s will. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "“The Westing Game,” a Tribute to Labor That Became a Dark Comedy of American Capitalism," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of inhabitant

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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