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.
  5. (Quebec, colloquial) Montreal Canadiens hockey club or supporter of Montreal Canadiens hockey club.

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]