Occupant Oc"cu*pant, n. [L. occupans, p. pr. of occupare: cf. F. occupant. See {Occupy}.] 1. One who occupies, or takes possession; one who has the actual use or possession, or is in possession, of a thing; as, the occupant of the apartment is not at home. [1913 Webster]

Note: This word, in law, sometimes signifies one who takes the first possession of a thing that has no owner. [1913 Webster]

2. A prostitute. [Obs.] --Marston. [1913 Webster]

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