[huh-bich-oo-ey, -bich-oo-ey; French a-bee-twey]

noun, plural ha·bit·u·és [huh-bich-oo-eyz, -bich-oo-eyz; French a-bee-twey] /həˈbɪtʃ uˌeɪz, -ˌbɪtʃ uˈeɪz; French a biˈtweɪ/.

a frequent or habitual visitor to a place: a habitué of art galleries.

Origin of habitué

1810–20; < French, noun use of masculine past participle of habituer < Late Latin habituāre. See habituate
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Related Words for habitue

client, customer, frequenter, patron, regular

Examples from the Web for habitue

Historical Examples of habitue

  • My hypothesis is that she was an habitue of this place, as also was Mrs. Vernon.

    The Yellow Claw

    Sax Rohmer

  • It is enough to mention Mrs. Farquhar's name to an habitue of the Springs.

    Their Pilgrimage

    Charles Dudley Warner

  • Especially, I would say, is this the attitude of the habitue of Montmartre.

    Europe Revised

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • Once he found Rodney Page there, lounging about with the manner of a habitue.

    Dangerous Days

    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • But this type of European never becomes an habitue; the habitue always sleeps.


    Sax Rohmer

British Dictionary definitions for habitue



a frequent visitor to a place

Word Origin for habitué

C19: from French, from habituer to frequent
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Word Origin and History for habitue

1818, from French habitué, noun use of past participle of habituer "accustom," from Late Latin habituari (see habituate).

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