a place of residence; dwelling; abode.
the act of inhabiting; occupancy by inhabitants.
a colony or settlement; community: Each of the scattered habitations consisted of a small number of huts.

Origin of habitation

1325–75; Middle English (h)abitacioun (< Anglo-French) < Latin habitātiōn- (stem of habitātiō) a dwelling, equivalent to habitāt(us) inhabited (past participle of habitāre; see habitat) + -iōn- -ion
Related formshab·i·ta·tion·al, adjectivein·ter·hab·i·ta·tion, nounnon·hab·i·ta·tion, noun

Synonyms for habitation

1. lodgings, home, domicile, quarters.
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Related Words for habitation

abode, residence

Examples from the Web for habitation

Contemporary Examples of habitation

  • The recent Cancerian theme of creativity bleeds into the domestic sector, opening the door on imaginative modes of habitation.

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Historical Examples of habitation

  • Nothing of the kind was ever seen before in the habitation of a Quaker farmer.

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    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • But, before setting out, they all helped Phoenix to build a habitation.

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  • The church itself was frequently the habitation of the anchorite.

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    P. H. Ditchfield

  • You may in that case depend upon their not changing their habitation.

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    Le Page Du Pratz

  • Still the comforts, and even the luxuries of life distinguished our habitation.

British Dictionary definitions for habitation



a dwelling place
occupation of a dwelling place
Derived Formshabitational, adjective
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Word Origin and History for habitation

late 14c., "act or fact of dwelling;" also "place of lodging, abode," from Old French habitacion, abitacion "act of dwelling" (12c.) or directly from Latin habitationem (nominative habitatio) "act of dwelling," noun of action from past participle stem of habitare (see habitat).

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