1. a person, family, group, or organization that lives in, occupies, or has quarters or space in or on something: the occupant of a taxicab; the occupants of the building.
  2. a tenant of a house, estate, office, etc.; resident.
  3. Law.
    1. an owner through occupancy.
    2. one who is in actual possession.


  1. a person, thing, etc, holding a position or place
  2. law a person who has possession of something, esp an estate, house, etc; tenant
  3. law a person who acquires by occupancy the title to something previously without an owner

n.1590s, “one who takes possession of something having no owner,” from Middle French occupant (15c.) or directly from Latin occupantem (nominative occupans), present participle of occupare “to take possession of” (see occupy). Earlier noun form was ocupier (early 14c.).

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