Definition of inhabitant in English:



  • 1A person or animal that lives in or occupies a place.

    • ‘We follow their journey to the tiny island of Muck, with 30 inhabitants, no shops and no road rage.’
    • ‘Most inhabitants of the islands engaged in basic agriculture and lived very simply.’
    • ‘Such longevity is incomprehensible to an inhabitant of a country which hasn't even been around that long!’
    • ‘The Picts are probably the oldest native inhabitants of Britain, yet almost nothing is known about them.’
    • ‘A number of revues, plays and cabaret evenings keep the Arctic inhabitants occupied.’
    • ‘Before distribution of nets, inhabitants were educated about the proper use of nets.’
    • ‘The island's original inhabitants probably came across Bass Strait during a period of low sea level.’
    • ‘Mercury thereby gets into the food chain and jeopardizes the health of northern inhabitants.’
    • ‘Most of the island's inhabitants were evacuated, but the volcano continues to shower the rest with ash.’
    • ‘It's important to get the names of the various bits of our British islands and their inhabitants right.’
    • ‘You are looking at a newly industrialized country, whose inhabitants have money to spend.’
    • ‘They will be judged on the cheerful disposition of their inhabitants.’
    • ‘The future inhabitants of these homes are entitled to a properly planned community.’
    • ‘I knew everything there was to know about the surrounding countryside and its inhabitants.’
    • ‘The inhabitants of the Western Isles are still campaigning to have them returned.’
    • ‘Each island has its own distinctive Creole in which its inhabitants take pride.’
    • ‘None of the inhabitants owns any land on the islands and the houses in which they live are the property of the owners.’
    • ‘The island's inhabitants made it clear that they did not want to destroy a way of life that has existed for centuries.’
    • ‘Fluttering inhabitants occupy birdcages at either side of the porch.’
    • ‘Most of the inhabitants of the countryside were, in a very general sense of the word, peasants.’
    resident, occupant, occupier, dweller, settler
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    1. 1.1US A person who fulfils the residential or legal requirements for being a member of a state or parish.
      • ‘Moreover, the trust is not for the inhabitants of a parish or district, but only for some of such persons.’
      • ‘The only limits set by the Constitution for House members are that they be at least 25 years old, U.S. citizens and an inhabitant of the state from which they are elected.’
      • ‘He therefore proposed that the land and all wealth from it should be held communally by the inhabitants of each parish.’
      resident, occupant, occupier, dweller, settler
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Late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin inhabitare ‘inhabit’.