occupant

noun
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 Single-occupant vehicles will have to pay the full amount of the toll, which fluctuates based on congestion levels. Ricardo Cano, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 June 2021 Its occupant, Tomer (Niv Nissim), a young film student who makes campy, awkward horror, is desperate for the money that Michael’s stay will provide. Chloe Sarbib, sun-sentinel.com, 9 June 2021 The third occupant, the 75-year-old woman, was missing, authorities said. BostonGlobe.com, 22 May 2021 Since the late 1970s, only once have Virginians elected a governor of the same party as the White House occupant: Democrat Terry McAuliffe. Joshua Jamerson, WSJ, 7 May 2021 The occupant of the latest building, whose name wasn’t disclosed, will have 82 full-time employees with a $22 million annual payroll, Thurston said. Karen Caffarini, chicagotribune.com, 6 May 2021 Police cited the home’s occupant, a Buffalo, N.Y., man, 19, for disturbing the peace. cleveland, 16 Apr. 2021 He was seen in police body camera videos sitting in the car with Floyd -- his longtime friend -- as another occupant, Shawanda Hill, sat in the back seat. David Aaro, Fox News, 1 Apr. 2021 Police body camera videos show Hall sitting in the car with Floyd as another occupant, Shawanda Hill, sat in the back seat. Star Tribune, 31 Mar. 2021

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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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20 Jun 2021

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“Occupant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/occupant. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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occupant

noun

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

occupant

noun
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

occupant

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

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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