Definition of occupant noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɒkjəpənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːkjəpənt//
    People in construction
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  1. 1a person who lives or works in a particular house, room, building, etc. All outstanding bills will be paid by the previous occupants. See related entries: People in construction
  2. 2a person who is in a vehicle, seat, etc. at a particular time The car was badly damaged but the occupants were unhurt.
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent. (in the legal sense ‘person who establishes a title’): from French, or from Latin occupant- ‘seizing’, from the verb occupare.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: occupant