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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Synonyms & Antonyms for occupant


denizen, dweller, habitant, inhabitant, inhabiter, resident, resider, tenant



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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.

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Their neighbors helped retrieve their cat, who was the only occupant at the time. oregonlive.com, "4-alarm Portland grass fire was intentionally set, officials say," 27 Aug. 2019 Both drivers, who were the sole occupants in their vehicles, suffered non-life-threatening injuries, Evans said. Mary Grace Keller, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "One flown to Shock Trauma after head-on collision, police say at-fault driver may have been under the influence," 27 Aug. 2019 Nash, who was dismissed by the diocese in 2005, was the only occupant in the plane. Author: Rachel D'oro, Anchorage Daily News, "7 Alaska clergy members named in Catholic church review of sexual misconduct allegations," 23 Aug. 2019 The driver of the Toyota Avalon, who was wearing a seatbelt, was the only occupant in that car. Los Angeles Times, "Four people and two dogs killed in car accident in Lancaster," 14 Aug. 2019 The woman, who was the only occupant in the pickup, had to be extricated and taken to an area hospital. Loyd Brumfield, Dallas News, "Woman hurt in crash that left her pickup standing on end in west Oak Cliff," 30 July 2019 Also: Body found in Garrard County confirmed as missing Kentucky mom Savannah Spurlock, KSP says The man, whose identity has not been released, was the sole occupant of the bike and was not wearing a helmet, Smiley added. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Motorcyclist dies in crash on Old Bardstown Road in southern Jefferson County, police say," 12 July 2019 The driver of the other car in the crash was the lone occupant. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A motorcyclist was injured in a two-vehicle crash in Menomonee Falls," 9 July 2019 To drive in the HOV lane, there needs to be more than one living occupant in the vehicle, Smaka said. Michelle Lou, CNN, "Highway patrol pulled over a hearse in the HOV lane. The driver pointed to the back and asked, 'He doesn't count?'," 2 July 2019

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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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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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