Definition for habitant (2 of 2)
noun, plural ha·bi·tants [hab-i-tuh nts; French a-bee-tahn] /ˈhæb ɪ tənts; French a biˈtɑ̃/.
Origin of habitant2
Examples from the Web for habitant
I knew that my spirit, my essential self, had left my body, and that I was no longer a habitant of the world in which I had lived.The Passion for Life|Joseph Hocking
The very amount enclosed spoke of secrecy, and the "habitant" sailor used all due precautions in forwarding the missives.From the St. Lawrence to the Yser with the 1st Canadian brigade|Frederic C. Curry
I was in high spirits that evening, for I believed I had found my habitant.Crowded Out! and Other Sketches|Susie F. Harrison
He met them at their convivial gatherings, he heard the chanson sung by voyageurs, and the "habitant" caught his fancy.The Romantic Settlement of Lord Selkirk's Colonists|George Bryce
It may be that to the Church chiefly does the habitant owe the preservation of his identity.A Canadian Manor and Its Seigneurs|George M. Wrong
British Dictionary definitions for habitant
- 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.