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[hab-i-tuh nt] /ˈhæb ɪ tənt/
an inhabitant.
Origin of habitant1
1480-90; < Latin habitant- (stem of habitāns), present participle of habitāre to inhabit. See habitat, -ant


[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)
a French settler in Canada or Louisiana, or a descendant of one, especially a farmer.
Canadian. a Canadian of French speech and culture, especially one residing in the province of Quebec.
1780-90; < French, present participle of habiter < Latin habitāre to inhabit Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for habitant
Historical Examples
  • Ah, if I were only a habitant of the Campagna five and twenty miles from Rome!

    The Innocents Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • To London the habitant comes only as a resident, as does a Maltese, or a Canadian.

    Rambles in Normandy Francis Miltoun
  • Wallenstein had never been a habitant of the palaces of kings.

    The Mercenary W. J. Eccott
  • All kinds of things can happen in the habitant country, m'sieu'.

    The Landloper Holman Day
  • Do you know that ice cream is almost unknown in a habitant home?

  • He delighted to speak of her as the habitant of a world of joy.

    Olive Leaves Lydia Howard Sigourney
  • The country driver, a French habitant, reported its presence at the car.

    The "Genius" Theodore Dreiser
  • "Goot mornin', Padre," replied the habitant, pulling his forelock.

    In the Van; or, The Builders John Price-Brown
  • Every habitant has his horse and sleigh and thinks little of a long drive.

  • I was in high spirits that evening, for I believed I had found my habitant.

British Dictionary definitions for habitant


a less common word for inhabitant
(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 habitant

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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