Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An inhabitant.
  • n. An inhabitant of French descent living in Canada, especially Quebec, or in Louisiana.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a member of habitation colony at Stadacona founded by Samuel de Champlain, where Quebec City now lies
  • n. Inhabitant, dweller.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An inhabitant; a dweller.
  • n. An inhabitant or resident; -- a name applied to and denoting farmers of French descent or origin in Canada, especially in the Province of Quebec; -- usually in the plural.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A dweller; a resident; an inhabitant.
  • n. Specifically A native of Canada of French descent, especially of the farming or peasant class.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who inhabits a particular place

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from present participle of habiter, to dwell, from Latin habitāre; see habitable.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • We know further that the habitant is the bulwark of our nationality because he has retained all the ancestral virtues, because the ill-wind of unrest, foreign penetration, modern luxury, bolshevist preachings pass over his head, because in his happy home rises a generation that will follow in his footsteps.

    One of Canada's Assets, the Habitant

  • They are indeed isolated by position, as the habitant is isolated by intention; and in both cases it may be held that the isolation has had some good results.

    The Canadian Type

  • The habitant is a Canadian as good as any of us; he is an asset to our country; Canada is his home; he is your friend.

    One of Canada's Assets, the Habitant

  • Instead of hecatombs of fat oxen sacrificed by the tribes of a wealthy city to their tutelar deity the emperor complains that he found only a single goose, provided at the expense of a priest, the pale and solitary in habitant of this decayed temple.

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • The individual in Quebec is known as the habitant, a simple creature who hath an abiding and childlike faith in God, and for this reason is regarded by the rest of the hemisphere as practically helpless.

    One of Canada's Assets, the Habitant

  • The habitant was a handy man, getting pretty good results from the use of rough material and tools.

    The Seigneurs of Old Canada : A Chronicle of New World Feudalism

  • Then as now the habitant was a voluble talker, a teller of great stories about his own feats and experiences.

    The Seigneurs of Old Canada : A Chronicle of New World Feudalism

  • Arabs, Spanish dancers and flower girls, Elizabethan ladies and cavaliers, Red Cross nurses and college dons, Indian chiefs and squaws, cowboys and "habitant" girls, who were so thoroughly enjoying themselves.

    Judy of York Hill

  • He found the "habitant" still unreconciled to the British rule; he found

    Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights

  • "habitant," the roll of the billiard-ball, the shuffle of the card, and the frequent potations of wine "when it is red in the cup," will now, at least, no longer retain their places in the customs of this spot on the frontier without the hope of having their immoral tendencies pointed out.

    Memoirs of 30 Years with the Indian Tribes on the American Frontiers

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