oc·​cu·​pant | \ ˈä-kyə-pənt How to pronounce occupant (audio) \

Definition of occupant

1 : one who acquires title by occupancy
2 : one who occupies a particular place especially : resident

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Examples of occupant in a Sentence

The apartment's previous occupant was a painter. Both of the car's occupants were injured.
Recent Examples on the Web The occupant, Sallie Ann Robinson, comes out to greet us. John Huey, Southern Living, "The Ultimate Boat Trip Through South Carolina's Undiscovered Lowcountry," 10 July 2020 Neil Lunt, the 58-year-old pilot of the seaplane transporting the family, was also killed alongside another occupant who has not been identified. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, "Mom of 16-Year-Old Killed in Idaho Plane Crash Reflects on Why Quarantining with Him Was a 'Blessing'," 8 July 2020 The seat belt retractor block out zone may have not been set correctly, potentially resulting in a seat belt that may not properly secure the occupant. Detroit Free Press, "Car recalls for June 25-July 2," 3 July 2020 Gallery of wonders Despite his ignorance as to the identity of the tomb’s original occupant, Belzoni recognized that the paintings adorning the interior were exceptional. National Geographic, "This pharaoh's painted tomb was missing its mummy," 25 June 2020 McClendon died the following day, the single occupant in his Chevrolet Tahoe that smashed into a concrete viaduct at nearly 90 mph. Cathy Bussewitz And Rali Arbel, USA TODAY, "Fracking pioneer Chesapeake Energy files for bankruptcy protection," 28 June 2020 Despite presiding over a government rooted, by design, in a powerful executive, the current occupant of the White House has steadfastly refused to exercise presidential leadership. Benjamin C. Waterhouse, Washington Post, "Trump’s GOP: a “post-policy party”," 26 June 2020 Although federal, state, and local governments share responsibility for American health policy and implementation, ultimate accountability during a national crisis heavily rests on the occupant of the White House. Isaac Sebenius, STAT, "How many needless Covid-19 deaths were caused by delays in responding? Most of them," 19 June 2020 One juvenile occupant was given a courtesy ride home to Chagrin Falls and another to Moreland Hills. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Erratic driver reaches for food, clips landscaping van with cone to go: Bentleyville Police Blotter," 19 June 2020

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First Known Use of occupant

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for occupant

borrowed from Middle French, from present participle of occuper "to occupy"

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The first known use of occupant was in 1578

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13 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Occupant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/occupant. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of occupant

: a person who is using or living in a particular building, apartment, or room
: a person who is in a room, vehicle, etc., at a particular time


oc·​cu·​pant | \ ˈä-kyə-pənt How to pronounce occupant (audio) \

Kids Definition of occupant

: a person who uses, lives in, or possesses a place


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Legal Definition of occupant

1 : one who occupies a particular place an occupant of the car the occupant of the apartment
2 : one who acquires title by occupancy

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