in·​hab·​i·​tant | \ in-ˈha-bə-tənt \

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 community dates back to Elijah’s Damascus sojourn nearly 3,000 ago, but Jewish life really blossomed in the city after 1099, when Christian armies conquered Jerusalem in the First Crusade and massacred the city’s inhabitants. Washington Post, "Jewish artifacts disappear from Damascus in fog of Syria war," 18 June 2018 A year ago, the city surprised the camp’s inhabitants with front end loaders, dumping piles of personal belongings into the trash and pushing the tents closer to the library, to the county’s side of the property. Brittany Wallman,, "From cool office to hot tent: Fort Lauderdale commissioner moves to homeless camp," 11 May 2018 Thanks to its location on a system of volcanoes, Iceland has enough geothermal power to provide free electricity to its roughly 350,000 inhabitants. Bloomberg, Fortune, "Elon Musk Is a Superstar in Iceland. Here's Why," 9 May 2018 Planets of differing size offer differing challenges to their inhabitants. NBC News, "Could space aliens on hefty super-Earths be trapped by their own gravity?," 6 May 2018 Thanks to Alabama, thanks to all its inhabitants, thanks again for the hospitality. Mary Colurso,, "'Moose' in Birmingham: Producer offers closer look at filming of movie starring John Travolta," 18 Mar. 2018 In 2009, meanwhile, the ICC indicted Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir for war crimes and genocide against inhabitants of the southwestern region of Darfur. James Hookway, WSJ, "U.N. Tribunal for First Time Finds Former Khmer Rouge Leaders Guilty of Genocide," 16 Nov. 2018 The inhabitant of a neighboring pod with window access opens the shade. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "What It’s Like to Take the Longest Flight in the World," 26 Oct. 2018 The inhabitants of what, under other circumstances, would be an obscure academic backwater need legal defense. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "First thing we do, let’s kill all the experts," 21 Oct. 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 \

Kids Definition of inhabitant

: a person or animal that lives in a place

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