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 Lord Hayward says the typical inhabitant works in the private sector and relies on state services, like schools and hospitals, but not state welfare. The Economist, "The truth behind the Tories’ northern strongholds," 31 Mar. 2021 The North State’s most famous prehistoric inhabitant, Shastasaurus, now has competition for the spotlight. Winston Gieseke, USA TODAY, "In California: Which counties are pushing hardest to recall Newsom?," 27 Mar. 2021 Control centers will monitor infrastructure and security electronically, roofs will be covered in solar panels, payments will be cashless, and 161 square feet of green space are allocated per inhabitant, officials said. Aidan Lewis And Mohamed Abdellah, The Christian Science Monitor, "Egypt's new high-tech capital: a path to better government?," 17 Mar. 2021 The new Martian inhabitant captured the mission's first panorama photo, of Jezero Crater, which once held an ancient river delta. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "A 150-million-mile selfie stick: How NASA's Perseverance rover overcame 'time and space' to capture first Mars panorama," 26 Feb. 2021 Some change in decor and furnishings is expected as staff ready the White House for a new inhabitant. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "White House doesn't know what happened to Lincoln bust," 14 Jan. 2021 The virus will become a permanent, albeit more benign, inhabitant in our environment. New York Times, "The Future of the Coronavirus? An Annoying Childhood Infection," 12 Jan. 2021 Mars will get a new little inhabitant when NASA's Perseverance rover touches down in February. Aj Willingham, CNN, "21 things to look forward to in 2021 ... if everything works out," 31 Dec. 2020 Nearly every inhabitant of an Arctic scientific-research station has evacuated in advance of encroaching danger, but grizzle-bearded Augustine, who is gravely ill, has stayed behind. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "The Midnight Sky Is Occasionally Poetic and Often Boring—But It Features One Truly Terrific Performance," 23 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of inhabitant

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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4 Apr 2021

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“Inhabitant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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