Definition of Quebecois in English:


(also Québécois)


  • 1A native or inhabitant of Quebec, typically one who is French Canadian.

    ‘a 57-year-old Quebecois with a bristling grey moustache and penetrating eyes’
    ‘the company now employs some 30 Maine residents and 20 Quebecois’
    • ‘The political tensions between Quebecois and Acadiens are probably as pronounced today as they are between English-speaking Ontarians and Quebecois.’
    • ‘Of course, many Quebecois voluntarily joined Canada's wartime effort, but Adelard Godbout realized that a large number of his provincial constituents wanted to stay out of the European conflict.’
    • ‘They aren't the only Quebecois currently embroiled in a social media melee.’
    • ‘Many Quebecois harboured a deep-seated hatred of the English, the people who had dominated them for over 200 years.’
    • ‘This isn't to say that the Quebecois doesn't have the acumen or skill to present a seamless and engaging mix - the record proves that he most certainly does - he just hadn't yet displayed that element of his talents.’
    • ‘Strong kinship ties, proximity to places of origin, and the French language made the Quebecois resistant to assimilation.’
    • ‘I can only imagine how a Québécois of French descent must have felt.’
    • ‘A draconian law to quell demonstrations has only galvanised public support for young Quebecois protesting tuition fee hikes.’
    • ‘A bewigged Quebecois (Marcel Sabourin) gives us a history lesson on imperialism in politics and the cinema.’
    • ‘Most of the Quebecois who visit VT are not from Montreal.’
  • 2mass noun The form of French spoken in Quebec.

    ‘I speak Parisian French, rather than Quebecois’
    • ‘This table indicates that shifting the vowel of fort to sound like the vowel of standard European French fard is normal in Quebecois.’
    • ‘I speak Québécois with my parents.’
    • ‘We had dinner at the truckstop and listened to the French-Canadian truckers all speaking Quebecois and then came home to a full moon lighting up the whole yard.’
    • ‘Daniel Jobin's DP work should receive some kind of special award from the Quebec tourist industry, because watching this film gave me an urge to take a crash course in Quebecois, pack some fishing gear and move there immediately.’
    • ‘I can say without a doubt that I love learning to speak Quebecois!’


  • Relating to Quebec or the form of French spoken there.

    ‘Quebecois folk songs’
    ‘the Quebecois accent’
    • ‘This Quebecois drama represented Canada in the running for this year's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.’
    • ‘Taking it to a party, he asks a number of historians, both English and Quebecois, to identify the portrait.’
    • ‘We decided to bring the ball back to our court and work strictly with Québécois musicians.’
    • ‘However, Toronto is not a good location from which to serve the distinct Quebecois market.’
    • ‘The movie's title sounds like a real Quebecois expression.’
    • ‘In Quebec, the development of an effective, locally owned distribution system has absolved the Quebecois music industry of an ongoing reliance on multinational firms.’
    • ‘She's got a Quebecois look to her.’
    • ‘So if you offer me the choice between an international project and a Quebecois one, it's the story and the character that will decide my choice.’
    • ‘It's a fun little album in which even the liner note lyrics are written up in the Québécois vernacular.’
    • ‘All levels of cross-country skiers are invited to join us north of Montreal at eastern Canada's premier nordic lodge complete with 500 acres of pristine woodlands, country estate elegance, and local Quebecois warmth.’


Mid 19th century: from French québécois.