[hab-i-tuh nt]


an inhabitant.

Origin of habitant

1480–90; < Latin habitant- (stem of habitāns), present participle of habitāre to inhabit. See habitat, -ant


[hab-i-tuh nt; French a-bee-tahn]

noun, plural ha·bi·tants [hab-i-tuh nts; French a-bee-tahn] /ˈhæb ɪ tənts; French a biˈtɑ̃/.

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.

Origin of habitant

1780–90; < French, present participle of habiter < Latin habitāre to inhabit
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Related Words for habitant

denizen, dweller

Examples from the Web for habitant

Historical Examples of habitant

  • 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?

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.

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