habitants

habitant

1 [hab-i-tuhnt]
noun
an inhabitant.

Origin:
1480–90; < Latin habitant- (stem of habitāns), present participle of habitāre to inhabit. See habitat, -ant

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habitant

2 [hab-i-tuhnt; French a-bee-tahn]
noun, plural habitants [hab-i-tuhnts; French a-bee-tahn] .
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)
 
n
1.  a less common word for inhabitant
2.  a.  an early French settler in Canada or Louisiana, esp a small farmer
 b.  a descendant of these settlers, esp a farmer

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