- an inhabitant.
Origin of habitant1
- 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 habitant2
Examples from the Web for 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
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
Do you know that ice cream is almost unknown in a Habitant home?Our Little Quebec Cousin
Mary S. Saxe
- a less common word for inhabitant
- (ˈhæbɪtənt, French abitɑ̃)
- an early French settler in Canada or Louisiana, esp a small farmer
- a descendant of these settlers, esp a farmer
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.