An occupier is the person who legally lives in the house, apartment, or other dwelling in question. If the census taker comes to your home, she'll want to know if you are the occupier of the house, how many people live there with you, and so on.

Occupier is based on occupy, which itself is from the Latin occupare, meaning to take over or possess. An occupier is also an army that lives and works in a conquered foreign country. After World War II, the American, British, French, and Russian armies were all occupiers of the German city of Berlin. Each country controlled its own areas, but eventually, the American, British, and French section became West Berlin, and the Russian section became East Berlin.

Definitions of occupier
  1. noun
    someone who lives at a particular place for a prolonged period or who was born there
    synonyms: occupant, resident
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    someone who does not live in a particular place
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    a resident or native of Alexandria (especially Alexandria in Egypt)
    a resident of a coastal area
    a resident of a colony
    a person who lives in the dales of northern England
    someone who resides in the same house with you
    one of several resident of a dwelling (especially someone confined to a prison or hospital)
    a person who lives in a metropolis
    a person who lives away from his place of work
    an occupant who owns the home that he/she lives in
    a temporary resident
    a resident of a particular state or group of states
    a resident of a suburb
    any occupant who dwells in a place
    towner, townsman
    a resident of a town or city
    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
  2. noun
    a member of a military force who is residing in a conquered foreign country
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    type of:
    man, military man, military personnel, serviceman
    someone who serves in the armed forces; a member of a military force
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