habitant

1
[ hab-i-tuh nt ]
/ ˈhæb ɪ tənt /

noun

an inhabitant.

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Nearby words

  1. habit spasm,
  2. habit-forming,
  3. habitable,
  4. habitan,
  5. habitancy,
  6. habitat,
  7. habitation,
  8. habited,
  9. habitual,
  10. habitual abortion

Origin of habitant

1
1480–90; < Latin habitant- (stem of habitāns), present participle of habitāre to inhabit. See habitat, -ant

habitant

2
[ hab-i-tuh nt; French a-bee-tahn ]
/ ˈhæb ɪ tənt; French a biˈtɑ̃ /

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

2
1780–90; < French, present participle of habiter < Latin habitāre to inhabit

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British Dictionary definitions for habitant

habitant

/ (ˈhæbɪtənt) /

noun

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

habitant

n.

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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