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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
  • My hypothesis is that she was an habitue of this place, as also was Mrs. Vernon.

    The Yellow Claw Sax Rohmer
  • It is enough to mention Mrs. Farquhar's name to an habitue of the Springs.

    Their Pilgrimage Charles Dudley Warner
  • Especially, I would say, is this the attitude of the habitue of Montmartre.

    Europe Revised Irvin S. Cobb
  • 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 is no business of yours; you are not an habitue of the place.

  • Moreover, Fernanda soon after became an habitue at the dances at the Quiones' house.

    The Grandee

    Armando Palacio Valds
  • The police are determined to raid one of our establishments: they adopt the course of tracking an habitue.

    The Yellow Claw 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
British Dictionary definitions for habitue


a frequent visitor to a place
Word Origin
C19: from French, from habituer to frequent
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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