habitant (plural habitants)
- (Canada) a member of habitation colony at Stadacona founded by Samuel de Champlain, where Quebec City now lies
- (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!
habitant m (plural habitants)
- present participle of habitar
- An inhabitant of some place.
- (Quebec, derogatory) Someone who has a poor understanding of social conventions, making them look backward.
- (Quebec, dated or derogatory) Anybody from a rural or recently colonized area.
- (Canada, historical) A member of the habitation colony at Stadacona founded by Samuel de Champlain, where Quebec City now lies.
- (Quebec, colloquial) Montreal Canadiens hockey club or supporter of Montreal Canadiens hockey club.
- (Louisiana) A farmer.
- 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.
- “habitant” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
habitant m (plural habitans)
- French: habitant