Inhabitant In*hab"it*ant, n. [L. inhabitans, -antis, p. pr. of inhabitare.] [1913 Webster] 1. One who dwells or resides permanently in a place, as distinguished from a transient lodger or visitor; as, an inhabitant of a house, a town, a city, county, or state. ``Frail inhabitants of earth.'' --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

In this place, they report that they saw inhabitants which were very fair and fat people. --Abp. Abbot. [1913 Webster]

2. (Law) One who has a legal settlement in a town, city, or parish; a permanent resident. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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