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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The majority of the camp's inhabitants are now women and children. Arwa Damon And Tamara Qiblawi, CNN, "A forgotten camp in Syria could be the birthplace of ISIS' revenge generation," 12 Sep. 2019 Neolithic peoples carved caves into cliff sides, and Hasankeyf’s modern inhabitants continue to live in those dwellings today. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Turkey Is Moving Forward With Plans to Flood a 10,000-Year-Old City," 12 Sep. 2019 The twins appeared destined to be among the Berlin Zoo’s most famous inhabitants. New York Times, "At Berlin Zoo, a Clamor to Name Twin Pandas ‘Hong’ and ‘Kong’," 6 Sep. 2019 For thousands of years, the lake’s animal inhabitants ate, pooped and died in its waters, depositing a thick layer of organic material along its bottom. Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post, "My time among the beet jockeys of northern Minnesota," 6 Sep. 2019 He's spent hours poring over documents written by Spanish visitors and inhabitants after it was finally conquered in 1695 and renamed Nuestra Señora de los Dolores. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "In search of the ‘white Jaguar’: Archaeologists travel deep into the jungle to find a lost Maya city," 5 Sep. 2019 Yet two-thirds of Buenaventura’s 400,000 inhabitants are poor, according to a government measure. The Economist, "Why Colombia’s Pacific coast is so poor," 29 Aug. 2019 Given their complete dominion over Earth, the cyborgs would become our planet’s final inhabitants. NBC News, "Cyborgs will replace humans and remake the world, James Lovelock says," 25 Aug. 2019 The Arab baths, a symbol of the town’s early Muslim inhabitants. Los Angeles Times, "Spain’s ‘Game of Thrones’ sites drew them. Barcelona and towns beyond bewitched them," 24 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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to spread over or through

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