inhabitant

noun
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

Synonyms

denizen, dweller, habitant, inhabiter, occupant, resident, resider, tenant

Antonyms

transient

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Examples of inhabitant in a Sentence

the inhabitants of the town don't like the tourists

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Eddy Sánchez, director of the seismic institute, said Monday some inhabitants had been slow to evacuate in part because rivers and gulches around the volcano were swollen with rain. Anthony Harrup And, WSJ, "Guatemala Searches for Missing After Deadly Volcano Eruption," 4 June 2018 The population has galloped in recent years to more than three million inhabitants and the city resembles a construction site. Somini Sengupta, New York Times, "Ethiopia’s New Leader Raises Hopes. Now Comes the Hard Part.," 23 June 2018 Over the aeons its obliquity can get as high as 60º—a situation in which inhabitants, if there were any, would experience the midnight sun far into the tropics, producing intolerably hot hyper-seasons. The Economist, "Empty sky, empty Earth?," 5 July 2018 As for its regular feathered inhabitants, the Coastside is blessed with migratory shorebirds, an abundance of gulls, breeding warblers, wintering sparrows, and a richness of raptors. Jill K. Robinson, SFChronicle.com, "5 places to spot birds in Half Moon Bay," 12 July 2018 Otherwise, the home allows its inhabitants to relax together as a family. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "A Fire Island house brings the spirit of sand and surf indoors," 9 July 2018 But many of its inhabitants have begun to leave, and those who remain face an existential quandary: with their fleet’s original purpose fulfilled, what comes next? Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "12 fantastic science fiction and fantasy novels that you should check out this July," 1 July 2018 Weymouth's prose is often beautiful, bringing to life the river and its inhabitants. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, "In ‘Kings of the Yukon,’ paddling 2,000 miles to witness what’s left behind when salmon runs falter," 30 June 2018 The expansive wetlands are difficult to travel through, and their avian inhabitants are elusive. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "By boat, bike or foot, Horicon Marsh is a Wisconsin treasure," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of inhabitant

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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inhabitant

noun

English Language Learners Definition of inhabitant

: a person or animal that lives in a particular place

inhabitant

noun
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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