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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These stone beads were worn by inhabitants of the Japanese islands over 2000 years ago and have made their way into art today. Jennifer Boehm,, "Things to do with the kids this weekend: ArtsLaunch, Kids Expo, Grandparent’s Day," 6 Sep. 2019 Her flat tone matches the passivity of most of the island’s inhabitants, which in turn suggests a capitulation to deeply buried personal and societal trauma. Jon Michaud, Washington Post, "In ‘The Memory Police,’ an authoritarian government tries to erase the past," 15 Aug. 2019 Bluegill, mullet, gar and minnows are some of the spring’s underwater inhabitants. Patrick Connolly,, "Ichetucknee Springs provides visitors a 3-hour natural lazy river tube run," 13 Aug. 2019 Today, everyone realizes [the park] is a very good thing, because of the development of high-quality ecotourism, which benefits the park’s inhabitants. National Geographic, "How to go wild in the French Riviera," 5 Aug. 2019 Twelve miles from the landing site, in the town of Piedmont, a shocking discovery is made: the streets are littered with the dead bodies of the town’s inhabitants. David Canfield,, "First Look: The Andromeda Strain is back with a new look for its 50th anniversary," 26 June 2019 Until the 1980s, for instance, archaeologists thought that Herculaneum’s inhabitants had managed to evacuate before the volcanic flows hit; then piles of bodies began showing up where boathouses had once stood on the shore. Peter Saenger, WSJ, "Preserved by a Fiery Disaster," 21 June 2019 Israel maintains overall security control and exclusive jurisdiction over the West Bank’s Jewish inhabitants. Washington Post, "Annex the West Bank? How an Idea Lost Its Taboo in Israel," 15 Sep. 2019 The hotel occupies an old, restored village (only three inhabitants still live in neighboring buildings), its hilltop perch affording views across the sea to Venice and the Dolomites beyond. Mary Winston Nicklin, Condé Nast Traveler, "Istria Has All the Beauty of the Mediterranean and None of Croatia's Crowds," 16 Aug. 2019

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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 How to pronounce inhabitant (audio) \

Kids Definition of inhabitant

: a person or animal that lives in a place

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