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[hab-i-tuh nt] /ˈhæb ɪ tənt/
an inhabitant.
Origin of habitant1
1480-90; < Latin habitant- (stem of habitāns), present participle of habitāre to inhabit. See habitat, -ant


[hab-i-tuh nt; French a-bee-tahn] /ˈhæb ɪ tənt; French a biˈtɑ̃/
noun, plural habitants
[hab-i-tuh nts; French a-bee-tahn] /ˈhæb ɪ tənts; French a biˈtɑ̃/ (Show IPA)
a French settler in Canada or Louisiana, or a descendant of one, especially a farmer.
Canadian. a Canadian of French speech and culture, especially one residing in the province of Quebec.
1780-90; < French, present participle of habiter < Latin habitāre to inhabit Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for habitant
Historical Examples
  • I was in high spirits that evening, for I believed I had found my habitant.

  • To London the habitant comes only as a resident, as does a Maltese, or a Canadian.

    Rambles in Normandy Francis Miltoun
  • The day had been when Augusta Maturity had done her share of paddling and poling, with an habitant guide in the bow.

  • He delighted to speak of her as the habitant of a world of joy.

    Olive Leaves Lydia Howard Sigourney
  • The short Canadian summer makes that season for the habitant one of severe labour.

  • The country driver, a French habitant, reported its presence at the car.

    The "Genius" Theodore Dreiser
  • In the early morning the habitant repaired to the seigneury to assist in erecting the May-pole.

    Old Quebec Sir Gilbert Parker and Claude Glennon Bryan
  • "Goot mornin', Padre," replied the habitant, pulling his forelock.

    In the Van; or, The Builders John Price-Brown
  • Wallenstein had never been a habitant of the palaces of kings.

    The Mercenary W. J. Eccott
  • You wanted to know what the wig and the habitant's clothes are for, Berry—well, for me to wear in Manitou.

British Dictionary definitions for habitant


a less common word for inhabitant
(ˈhæbɪtənt; French) (abitɑ̃)
  1. an early French settler in Canada or Louisiana, esp a small farmer
  2. a descendant of these settlers, esp a farmer
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Word Origin and History for habitant

late 15c., from Old French habitant, abitant "inhabitant," from Latin habitantis "inhabitants," genitive plural of habitans, present participle of habitare "to inhabit, dwell" (see habitat). Meaning "a Canadian of French descent" attested by 1789; the usual word for planters in 18c. Quebec.

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