American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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.
- 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who occupies, or takes possession; one who has the actual use or possession, or is in possession, of a thing.
- n. obsolete A prostitute.
- n. someone who lives at a particular place for a prolonged period or who was born there
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“I was recently involved in a warrant where the occupant is on disability benefits, £300 per week, rent and council tax paid by yours truly.”
“In this country, a VP [with the exception of the current occupant] is not a CO-president.”
“Not only that, Obama -- reflecting the agonizing number of economic potholes and his inability to get rid of them -- is increasingly being viewed by Wall Street as a non-achiever, a veritable misfit when it comes to concocting a meaningful plan to revitalize the economy and a likely one-term occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.”
“The story The Voice in the Night, for instance, concerns a couple shipwrecked on an island whose only occupant is a corrupting fungus.”
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