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 A week or so later, after receiving another call from the waitress, Tommy returned to the house and opened the door, which, oddly enough given the lunatic views of its inhabitant on the subject of privacy, was unlocked. Matthew Walther, TheWeek, "Why would someone plan to abduct the governor of Michigan?," 10 Oct. 2020 The author, the sole inhabitant, wanders from room to room, choosing the furnishings, correcting imperfections, adding new wings. Laura Miller, The New Yorker, "Susanna Clarke’s Fantasy World of Interiors," 7 Sep. 2020 Maybe the next inhabitant of the White House will be more up to the task. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Why Barack Obama would be taking down TikTok, too," 21 Aug. 2020 The inhabitant is wearing a ring with the Sic Mundus logo and has the blind man’s cane with the etched phrase. Ashley Chervinski,, "R29 Binge Club: Netflix’s Dark Final Season Recap," 28 June 2020 Because of universal design, people in all stages of life can all enjoy the same home and the home will be there for inhabitants even when their needs change. cleveland, "Fairview Park Summerfest canceled because of health, safety concerns: A Place in the Sun," 2 June 2020 For Pepys and the inhabitants of London, there was no way of knowing whether an outbreak of the plague that occurred in the parish of St. Giles, a poor area outside the city walls, in late 1664 and early 1665 would become an epidemic. Popular Science, "This 17th-century plague diary hits a little too close to home," 1 May 2020 Last weekend brought sobering headlines for inhabitants of West Coast cities, who have so far fared relatively well during the coronavirus epidemic, thanks to the prompt adoption of social-distancing measures. James P. Sutton, National Review, "When Coronavirus Strikes the Homeless," 16 Apr. 2020 For 175 years, the drive to control the flow of water was planned, plotted and executed with devastating results for the native inhabitants — flora, fauna and human. Nina Burleigh, New York Times, "Tears for the Magnificent and Shrinking Everglades, a ‘River of Grass’," 27 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of inhabitant

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of inhabitant was in the 15th century

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24 Oct 2020

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“Inhabitant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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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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