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Monday, April 03, 2000

habitue

\huh-BICH-oo-ay; huh-bich-oo-AY\ , noun;
1.
One who habitually frequents a place.
Quotes:
Here you will meet Disco Bean . . . , a 70s dance-clubhabitue who spends his days in an empty warehouse polishing his Latin hustle moves and pretending it's still 1978 and he's the next John Travolta.
-- Stephen Holden, "The Search for One-Eye Jimmy", New York Times, June 21, 1996
Or as one jaded habitue of El Casbah observes when an unfamiliar face appears in the club: "She's new to cafe society."
-- Stephen Holden, "Cafe Society", New York Times, July 18, 1997
In the public house kept by Jesper Darkes, "zealous partizans in the cause of Liberty," as one habitue called them, met day and night, laying plans, discussing whether this man or that could be trusted or whether he was spying for the government, speculating on what could be done when the British military arrived, as it surely would.
-- Richard M. Ketchum, Saratoga: Turning Point of America's Revolutionary War
Origin:
Habitue is from the past participle of French habituer,
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