Definition of habitué in US English:

habitué

noun

  • A resident of or frequent visitor to a particular place.

    ‘his uncle was a habitué of the French theater’
    • ‘Being long-term habitués of brew-pubs like Smiles ’, we weren't prepared for the achingly trendy, glass-walled, pine-floored and utterly packed establishment we found.’
    • ‘The remainder of the room was a crowded jumble of benches and tables for the curious and the tavern habitués, who even now were laying claim to the most advantageous positions.’
    • ‘Sitting blithely among the skins in immaculate 1950s togs and haircuts, are Stephen and Kim, who would go on to become habitués of the London club - the springboard for the 1980s movement.’
    • ‘The whole place is covered in lilac paint, except for the wall made out of faux rock, and save from a few habitués quietly eating, we're all alone.’
    • ‘New Paradise is hardly unknown to habitués of the neighborhood.’
    • ‘As in Paris this centred on a café (Els Quatre Gats), its habitués including Picasso, the architect Gaudi, and such musicians as Vives and Granados.’
    • ‘But the most insightful clue for explaining the popularity of these places came from a face-to-face conversation I had with one of the hard-core habitués in a gaming center.’
    • ‘For habitués of Harry's Bar - and they are many - these are the incidentals.’
    • ‘It's a city where the habitués all own cars (parked right in front of their brownstones) and can get anywhere without delay.’
    • ‘This structure is reflected in the interests, relationships and behaviors of the clienteles - the habitués of particular bookshops, aristocratic salons and drawing rooms, coffee shops and even alehouses of the time.’
    • ‘A habitué of the website, Rachel says she has used the Net to find a roommate, find her apartment in Hayes Valley, and find her part-time job.’
    • ‘When the elevator doors open, visitors and habitués of this most morbid of environments are assaulted by the aforementioned smell.’
    • ‘He also became a habitué of the maisons closes, producing numerous drawings, lithographs, and paintings of the girls, whom he treated compassionately, as individuals.’
    • ‘He became an habitué of Paris jazz clubs, and his most influential and widely seen photographs would possess a free-flowing rhythm that was instantly recognisable.’
    • ‘And cops started having to respond to distress calls from social workers dealing with unruly habitués at least once every couple of weeks.’
    • ‘Like many chat room habitués, his consciousness is plugged into the game 24 hours a day, and he doesn't even know if he has a ‘real’ body anymore.’
    • ‘Will the really keen habitués find their way round the new system?’
    • ‘Then there are the regular habitués who, many moons ago, took up permanent residence along the boulevard's sidewalks.’
    • ‘A habitué of the Caribbean, the dogfish measures a less-than-intimidating 8 inches in length.’
    • ‘It's a gritty and irreverent look at a dystopic future whose black-market habitués can slay you with either a quip or a well-placed slug to the chest, depending on what mood they're in.’
    frequent visitor, regular visitor, regular customer, regular patron, regular client, familiar face, regular, patron, frequenter, haunter
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Origin

Early 19th century: French, literally ‘accustomed’, past participle of habituer.

Pronunciation

habitué

/həˈbɪtʃəˌweɪ//həˈbiCHəˌwā/