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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that inhabits a place, especially as a permanent resident: the inhabitants of a fishing village; snakes, lizards, and other inhabitants of the desert.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Someone or thing who lives in a place.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who dwells or resides permanently in a place, as distinguished from a transient lodger or visitor.
  • n. One who has a legal settlement in a town, city, or parish; a permanent resident.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Inhabiting; resident.
  • n. A resident; one who dwells in a place, as distinguished from a transient or occasional lodger or visitor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who inhabits a particular place

Etymologies

Old French inhabitant, from Latin inhabitans, present participle of inhabito ("to inhabit"), from in- ("in") + habitō ("to dwell") (frequentative of habeō ("to hold"), from Proto-Indo-European *ghabh- (“seize, take, hold, have”). (Wiktionary)

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