or Que·bec·ois

[key-be-kwah; French key-be-kwa]

noun, plural Qué·bec·ois [key-be-kwah, -kwahz; French key-be-kwa] /ˌkeɪ bɛˈkwɑ, -ˈkwɑz; French keɪ bɛˈkwa/.

a person, especially a member of the Parti Québecois, who supports the separation and independence of the province of Quebec from the rest of Canada.
the variety of French spoken in the province of Quebec.


relating to or characteristic of Quebec, its inhabitants, or the variety of French spoken there.

Origin of Québecois

From French, dating back to 1870–75; see origin at Quebec, -ese




a native or inhabitant of Quebec, especially one who is from the city of Quebec and whose native language is French.
Also Que·beck·er, Québecois, Quebecois.

Origin of Quebecer

First recorded in 1830–40; Quebec + -er1
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noun plural -cois (-kwa)

a native or inhabitant of the province of Quebec, esp a French-speaking one
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