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habitant1

[hab-i-tuh nt] /ˈhæb ɪ tənt/
noun
1.
an inhabitant.
Origin
1480-1490
1480-90; < Latin habitant- (stem of habitāns), present participle of habitāre to inhabit. See habitat, -ant

habitant2

[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)
1.
a French settler in Canada or Louisiana, or a descendant of one, especially a farmer.
2.
Canadian. a Canadian of French speech and culture, especially one residing in the province of Quebec.
Origin
1780-90; < French, present participle of habiter < Latin habitāre to inhabit
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habitant

/ˈhæbɪtənt/
noun
1.
a less common word for inhabitant
2.
(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 habitants

habitant

n.

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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