habitant

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French habitant

NounEdit

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.

CatalanEdit

NounEdit

habitant m (plural habitants)

  1. inhabitant

VerbEdit

habitant

  1. Present participle of habitar.

FrenchEdit

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

habitant

  1. Present participle of habiter.

NounEdit

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 notesEdit

  • 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.

LatinEdit

VerbEdit

habitant

  1. third-person plural present active indicative of habito

Middle FrenchEdit

NounEdit

habitant m (plural habitans)

  1. inhabitant; dweller

DescendantsEdit

Last modified on 10 April 2014, at 23:12