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[hab-i-tey-shuh n] /ˌhæb ɪˈteɪ ʃən/
a place of residence; dwelling; abode.
the act of inhabiting; occupancy by inhabitants.
a colony or settlement; community:
Each of the scattered habitations consisted of a small number of huts.
Origin of habitation
1325-75; Middle English (h)abitacioun (< Anglo-French) < Latin habitātiōn- (stem of habitātiō) a dwelling, equivalent to habitāt(us) inhabited (past participle of habitāre; see habitat) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
habitational, adjective
interhabitation, noun
nonhabitation, noun
1. lodgings, home, domicile, quarters. Unabridged
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  • The bees did not remain long absent from their habitation; they quieted and returned as before.

    Insect Architecture James Rennie
  • Nothing of the kind was ever seen before in the habitation of a Quaker farmer.

    Biographical Stories Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • One who is always digging dugouts is loath to leave the habitation which has cost him much labor in order to live in the open.

    My Second Year of the War Frederick Palmer
  • The church itself was frequently the habitation of the anchorite.

    English Villages P. H. Ditchfield
  • Yet she could not have found a habitation and surroundings more perfectly suited to her wants and the mood she was in.

    Dead Man's Plack and an Old Thorn William Henry Hudson
  • You may in that case depend upon their not changing their habitation.

    The History of Louisiana Le Page Du Pratz
  • Around it there is no habitation of man—the village and the cotton mart of Barich being far off.

  • Necessarily, our first proceeding was to construct a habitation.

    Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2) William Delisle Hay
  • Generally they saw by the dull glow of the log that smouldered in every habitation that it was empty.

    Sanders of the River Edgar Wallace
British Dictionary definitions for habitation


a dwelling place
occupation of a dwelling place
Derived Forms
habitational, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for habitation

late 14c., "act or fact of dwelling;" also "place of lodging, abode," from Old French habitacion, abitacion "act of dwelling" (12c.) or directly from Latin habitationem (nominative habitatio) "act of dwelling," noun of action from past participle stem of habitare (see habitat).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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habitation in the Bible

God is the habitation of his people, who find rest and safety in him (Ps. 71:3; 91:9). Justice and judgment are the habitation of God's throne (Ps. 89:14, Heb. mekhon, "foundation"), because all his acts are founded on justice and judgment. (See Ps. 132:5, 13; Eph. 2:22, of Canaan, Jerusalem, and the temple as God's habitation.) God inhabits eternity (Isa. 57:15), i.e., dwells not only among men, but in eternity, where time is unknown; and "the praises of Israel" (Ps. 22:3), i.e., he dwells among those praises and is continually surrounded by them.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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