Etymology
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occupant (n.)

1590s, "one who takes possession of something having no owner," from 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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Definitions of occupant

occupant (n.)
someone who lives at a particular place for a prolonged period or who was born there;
Synonyms: resident / occupier
From wordnet.princeton.edu