American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An inhabitant.
- n. An inhabitant of French descent living in Canada, especially Quebec, or in Louisiana.
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.
- n. Canada a member of habitation colony at Stadacona founded by Samuel de Champlain, where Quebec City now lies
- n. archaic Inhabitant, dweller.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- n. a person who inhabits a particular place
- 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)
“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.”
“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 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.”
“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 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.”
“The habitant was a handy man, getting pretty good results from the use of rough material and tools.”
“Then as now the habitant was a voluble talker, a teller of great stories about his own feats and experiences.”
“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.”
“He found the "habitant" still unreconciled to the British rule; he found”
“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.”
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