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.
    • 1831, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Romance and Reality, volume 3, pages 288-289:
      The last dark branches which intercepted his view gave way, and he saw a heap of blackened ruins. Scarcely aware of his own actions, he sprang from his horse. A single glance convinced him it could harbour no human habitant.
    • 1874, James Thomson, The City of Dreadful Night
      Myriads of habitants are ever sleeping,
      Or dead, or fled from nameless pestilence!

Catalan[edit]

Noun[edit]

habitant m (plural habitants)

  1. inhabitant

Verb[edit]

habitant

  1. present participle of habitar

French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Participle[edit]

habitant

  1. present participle of habiter

Noun[edit]

habitant m (plural habitants, feminine habitante)

  1. an inhabitant of some place
  2. (Quebec, derogatory) someone who has a poor understanding of social conventions, making them look backward
  3. (Quebec, dated or derogatory) 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
  6. (Louisiana) a farmer

Synonyms[edit]

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.

Further reading[edit]


Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

habitant

  1. third-person plural present active indicative of habitō

Middle French[edit]

Noun[edit]

habitant m (plural habitans)

  1. inhabitant; dweller

Descendants[edit]

  • French: habitant