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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English [Term?], from Old French habit, from Latin habitus (condition, bearing, state, appearance, dress, attire), from habeō (I have, hold, keep).


habit (plural habits)

  1. An action done on a regular basis.
    • Washington Irving
      a man of very shy, retired habits
    • 2013 July 19, Ian Sample, “Irregular bedtimes may affect children's brains”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 6, page 34:
      Irregular bedtimes may disrupt healthy brain development in young children, according to a study of intelligence and sleeping habits.  ¶ Going to bed at a different time each night affected girls more than boys, but both fared worse on mental tasks than children who had a set bedtime, researchers found.
    It’s become a habit of mine to have a cup of coffee after dinner.
  2. An action performed repeatedly and automatically, usually without awareness.
    By force of habit, he dressed for work even though it was holiday.
  3. A long piece of clothing worn by monks and nuns.
    It’s interesting how Catholic and Buddhist monks both wear habits.
  4. A piece of clothing worn uniformly for a specific activity.
    The new riding habits of the team looked smashing!
  5. (archaic) Outward appearance; attire; dress.
    • Shakespeare
      Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy.
    • Addison
      There are, among the statues, several of Venus, in different habits.
    • 1719, Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
      [] it was always my fate to choose for the worse, so I did here; for having money in my pocket and good clothes upon my back, I would always go on board in the habit of a gentleman; and so I neither had any business in the ship, or learned to do any.
  6. (botany, mineralogy) Form of growth or general appearance of a variety or species of plant or crystal.
  7. An addiction.
    He has a 10-cigar habit.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English habiten, from Old French habiter, from Latin habitāre, present active infinitive of habitō (I dwell, abide, keep), frequentative of habeō (I have, hold, keep); see have.


habit (third-person singular simple present habits, present participle habiting, simple past and past participle habited)

  1. To clothe.
  2. (archaic) To inhabit.
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From Old French habit, abit, borrowed from Latin habitus.



habit m (plural habits)

  1. article of clothing, garment, dress-coat, evening dress, tails, full dress

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habit m (oblique plural habiz or habitz, nominative singular habiz or habitz, nominative plural habit)

  1. Alternative form of abit




habit m inan

  1. habit (clothing worn by monks and nuns)