In*hab"it*ant (?), n. [L. inhabitans, -antis, p. pr. of inhabitare.]

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.

In this place, they report that they saw inhabitants which were very fair and fat people.
Abp. Abbot.

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