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1archaic An inhabitant.
inhabitant, resident, townsman, townswoman, native, localView synonyms
- ‘The in habitants of the camp were busy as usual, constantly bustling about.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The company is responsible for treating all the waste water of a city with over 16 million habitants.’
- ‘The country dwellers and habitants of market towns and traditional villages keep away from the large towns and cities unless absolutely necessary.’
- ‘This being the case, those habitants of areas outside the golden southwestern sphere are entirely reliant upon their own vehicles.’
2[often as modifier] An early French settler in Canada (especially Quebec) or Louisiana:‘the habitant farmhouses of old Quebec’
settler, colonizer, colonial, frontiersman, frontierswoman, pioneerView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Many of the early French habitants established small farms.’
- ‘When tobacco prices dropped, Chesapeake planters suffered; when French subsidies lagged or European fashions changed, Quebec habitants descended toward subsistence.’
Late Middle English (in habitant): from Old French, from habiter, from Latin habitare inhabit.
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