habitant

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French habitant

Noun[edit]

habitant (plural habitants)

  1. (Canada) a member of habitation colony at Stadacona founded by Samuel de Champlain, where Quebec City now lies
  2. (archaic) Inhabitant, dweller.

Catalan[edit]

Noun[edit]

habitant m (plural habitants)

  1. inhabitant

Verb[edit]

habitant

  1. present participle of habitar

French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

habitant

  1. Present participle of habiter.

Noun[edit]

habitant m (plural habitants)

  1. An inhabitant of some place.
  2. (Quebec, pejorative) Someone who has a poor understanding of social conventions, making them look backward.
  3. (Quebec, dated or pejorative) Anybody from a rural or recently colonized area.
  4. (Canada, historical) A member of the habitation colony at Stadacona founded by Samuel de Champlain, where Quebec City now lies.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Although the term originates as legitimate to describe early French colonists and French Canadian farmers, it has now taken a strong pejorative aspect in Quebec French, and using it without an explicit location would be perceived as pejorative.

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Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

habitant

  1. third-person plural present active indicative of habito

Middle French[edit]

Noun[edit]

habitant m (plural habitans)

  1. inhabitant; dweller

Descendants[edit]