occupant

An occupant is someone who lives or stays at a place for awhile. A lot of your junk mail is addressed "To occupant" because the sender doesn't know who lives at your address.

Being an occupant means you're occupying a place. This has nothing to do with owning a house or renting an apartment; if you live there, you're an occupant. There are other occupants too, as in politics. The President is often called "the current occupant of the White House," who replaced the former occupant. That kind of occupant has as much to do with politics as living space.

Definitions of occupant
  1. noun
    someone who lives at a particular place for a prolonged period or who was born there
    synonyms: occupier, resident
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    Antonyms:
    nonresident
    someone who does not live in a particular place
    types:
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    Alexandrian
    a resident or native of Alexandria (especially Alexandria in Egypt)
    coaster
    a resident of a coastal area
    colonial
    a resident of a colony
    dalesman
    a person who lives in the dales of northern England
    housemate
    someone who resides in the same house with you
    inmate
    one of several resident of a dwelling (especially someone confined to a prison or hospital)
    metropolitan
    a person who lives in a metropolis
    outlier
    a person who lives away from his place of work
    owner-occupier
    an occupant who owns the home that he/she lives in
    sojourner
    a temporary resident
    stater
    a resident of a particular state or group of states
    suburbanite
    a resident of a suburb
    tenant
    any occupant who dwells in a place
    towner, townsman
    a resident of a town or city
    townee
    townsman unacquainted with country life especially a slick and flashy male city dweller
    townie, towny
    resident of a college town not affiliated with the college
    type of:
    denizen, dweller, habitant, indweller, inhabitant
    a person who inhabits a particular place
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