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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the inhabitants of the town don't like the tourists
Recent Examples on the Web Only 111 inhabitants were living on Easter Island by 1877. Fox News, "Easter Island discovery: Experts shed new light on the mystery of the civilization’s 'collapse'," 11 Feb. 2020 Herculaneum, on the coast, lay upwind from Vesuvius, giving the inhabitants time to seek shelter from the blast. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, "The Terror and the Fascination of Pompeii," 10 Feb. 2020 Born in Oberpeischlach -- a village in southern Austria with just 104 inhabitants -- Wibmer started riding motocross at the age of six and even took part in the Motocross World Championship in Italy in 2011. Noura Abou Zeinab, CNN, "Fabio Wibmer wows the world with daredevilry on two wheels," 7 Feb. 2020 But by about 4300 years ago, Egyptian tomb art began to depict the tomb’s dead inhabitant playing senet against living friends and relatives. Colin Barras, Science | AAAS, "Is this the original board game of death?," 6 Feb. 2020 Tiny homes for imaginary inhabitants will be in the spotlight in Stevenson Park when the Friendswood Fairy Trail opens on June 5. Carissa D. Lamkahouan, Houston Chronicle, "Attention Tinker Bell: Date set for opening of Friendswood fairy trail," 4 Feb. 2020 The Wall Street Journal in November wrote about how residents wrestled with which Alaskan native inhabitant would get the honor of being the first American counted in 2020. Janet Adamy, WSJ, "2020 Census Count Kicks Off in Alaska," 22 Jan. 2020 But a 2001 study in Nature estimated a temperature of 300° Celsius (572° Fahrenheit) for the pyroclastic surge that destroyed Pompeii, sufficient to kill inhabitants in fractions of a second. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The Mount Vesuvius eruption was so hot, one man’s brain turned to glass.," 22 Jan. 2020 As recorded for the Anchorage Daily Times, one of the first complaints made before the council detailed the threats and suggestive comments made by that area’s inhabitants towards underage girls on their way to school. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "Who killed Anchorage’s first police chief? Nearly 100 years later, it’s still a mystery.," 13 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of inhabitant

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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17 Feb 2020

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“Inhabitant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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) \

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: a person or animal that lives in a place

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