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[huh-bich-oo-ey, -bich-oo-ey; French a-bee-twey] /həˈbɪtʃ uˌeɪ, -ˌbɪtʃ uˈeɪ; French a biˈtweɪ/
noun, plural habitués
[huh-bich-oo-eyz, -bich-oo-eyz; French a-bee-twey] /həˈbɪtʃ uˌeɪz, -ˌbɪtʃ uˈeɪz; French a biˈtweɪ/ (Show IPA)
a frequent or habitual visitor to a place:
a habitué of art galleries.
Origin of habitué
1810-20; < French, noun use of masculine past participle of habituer < Late Latin habituāre. See habituate Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for habitue
Historical Examples
  • Without being a habitue of the theater, I have enjoyed it from time to time all along my life-road.

    Old Times in Dixie Land Caroline E. Merrick
  • Once he found Rodney Page there, lounging about with the manner of a habitue.

    Dangerous Days Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • But this type of European never becomes an habitue; the habitue always sleeps.

    Dope Sax Rohmer
  • The only real link connecting him with the West-End habitue is his wife.

    Dope Sax Rohmer
  • It was a name too often on the lips of men of fashion not to have reached the ears of an habitue of good society.

    My Novel, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Moreover, Fernanda soon after became an habitue at the dances at the Quiones' house.

    The Grandee Armando Palacio Valds
  • He drove to Cirey's cafe in Regent Street, where he dismissed the driver of his hansom and strolled in with the air of an habitue.

    Peter Ruff and the Double Four E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • The police are determined to raid one of our establishments: they adopt the course of tracking an habitue.

    The Yellow Claw Sax Rohmer
  • Especially, I would say, is this the attitude of the habitue of Montmartre.

    Europe Revised Irvin S. Cobb
  • The spirit of our time and of our country knows no such thing, but the habitue of "society" hears constantly of "a good family."

British Dictionary definitions for habitue


a frequent visitor to a place
Word Origin
C19: from French, from habituer to frequent
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Word Origin and History for habitue

1818, from French habitué, noun use of past participle of habituer "accustom," from Late Latin habituari (see habituate).

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