Definition of habitant in English:



  • 1archaic An inhabitant.

    • ‘The in habitants of the camp were busy as usual, constantly bustling about.’
    • ‘This being the case, those habitants of areas outside the golden southwestern sphere are entirely reliant upon their own vehicles.’
    • ‘The country dwellers and habitants of market towns and traditional villages keep away from the large towns and cities unless absolutely necessary.’
    • ‘The company is responsible for treating all the waste water of a city with over 16 million habitants.’
    • ‘It is not surprising that with this attitude towards dark-skinned people, many North Africans do not consider themselves blacks and look down on habitants of Sub-Saharan Africa.’
    inhabitant, resident, townsman, townswoman, native, local
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  • 2often as modifier An early French settler in Canada (especially Quebec) or Louisiana.

    ‘the habitant farmhouses of old Quebec’
    • ‘When tobacco prices dropped, Chesapeake planters suffered; when French subsidies lagged or European fashions changed, Quebec habitants descended toward subsistence.’
    • ‘Many of the early French habitants established small farms.’
    • ‘The lives of many French North American habitants were disrupted by eighteenth-century geopolitical changes, but none more than the Acadians.’
    • ‘These habitants were the first French Canadians.’
    • ‘In 1713, when Britain acquired Acadia, they were some 2,300 French habitants living on seigneuries, under the manorial system which France established in her colonies.’
    settler, colonizer, colonial, frontiersman, frontierswoman, pioneer
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Late Middle English (in habitant (sense 1)): from Old French, from habiter, from Latin habitare ‘inhabit’.