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 Twenty million people in the region die, including nearly every inhabitant of the town. Raghu Karnad, The New Yorker, 26 Oct. 2021 For example, if someone burglarizes a house and shoots its inhabitant, the burglary wouldn’t be counted. Susie Neilson, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Oct. 2021 Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, with the highest percentage of green space per inhabitant in Europe, has been ranked #1 European Best Green Capital. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 18 Oct. 2021 Its most high-profile inhabitant, Khalid Sheikh Muhammad, who has confessed to plotting the 9/11 attacks, remains there in legal limbo. Josh Margolin, ABC News, 9 Sep. 2021 Unlike many of its Hoosier compatriots, this mansion was built without an immediate inhabitant. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, 6 Aug. 2021 According to tracking from the Global Health Innovation Center at Duke University, the United States has procured over 1.6 billion doses so far, which works out to about 5.21 doses per inhabitant. Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2021 And so has this city grappled with extraordinary loss, where almost every street, block and building, every inhabitant and every visitor has been forever changed by the pandemic. New York Times, 27 June 2021 While the lush, four-story rainforest with its 90-foot-diameter glass dome is not to be missed, a visit to the Academy’s most famous inhabitant, Claude—a rare white alligator—is an absolute must. David Nash, House Beautiful, 29 June 2021

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First Known Use of inhabitant

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Inhabitant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 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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