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

  • n. One that occupies a position or place: the occupant of the honorary professorial chair; the occupants of a beehive.
  • n. One who has certain legal rights to or control over the premises occupied; a tenant or owner.
  • n. Law One that is the first to take possession of something previously unowned.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who occupies a place or a position.
  • n. An owner or tenant of a property.
  • n. A person sitting in a car or other vehicle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who occupies, or takes possession; one who has the actual use or possession, or is in possession, of a thing.
  • n. A prostitute.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who occupies; an inhabitant; especially, one in actual possession, as a tenant, who has actual possession, in distinction from the landlord, who has legal or constructive possession.
  • n. More specifically, in law, one who first takes possession of that which has no legal owner.
  • n. A prostitute.

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

  • n. someone who lives at a particular place for a prolonged period or who was born there

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