from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Dwelling; abode; residence.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete Dwelling; abode; residence.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun obsolete dwelling; abode; residence


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Old French habitance.


  • The only distinct proof I ever saw of the human habitance of these silent, lonely homes was a tiny pair of butternut trousers fluttering on the clothes-line.

    In Seven Stages: A Flying Trip Around the World

  • Hardly had the peahen done speaking, when the antelope came up to them, thinking to shelter under the shade of the tree, and seeing the two birds, saluted them and said, 'I came to this island to-day, and I have seen none richer in herbage nor more pleasant of habitance.'

    The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night, Volume III

  • She burst on my sight with cheeks rosy red, * Where all manner of beauties have habitance:

    Arabian nights. English

  • It has indeed been affirmed by text writers, that habitance, paying scot and lot, give an incidental right to corporate freedom; but the courts have refused to acknowledge it, even when the charter seemed to imply it; and when not derived from prescription or grant, it has been deemed a qualification merely, and not a title.

    Diary in America, Series One

  • Naive and vaccinated fish were challenged by co-habitance.

    BioMed Central - Latest articles


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