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1. An inhabitant.
2. also ha·bi·tan (ă′bē-täN′) An inhabitant of French ancestry living in Canada, especially Quebec, or in Louisiana.

[Middle English, from Old French, from present participle of habiter, to dwell, from Latin habitāre; see habitable.]
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1. a less common word for inhabitant
2. (Historical Terms)
a. an early French settler in Canada or Louisiana, esp a small farmer
b. a descendant of these settlers, esp a farmer
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(ˈhæb ɪ tənt)

an inhabitant.
[1480–90; < Latin habitant-, s. of habitāns, present participle of habitāre to inhabit. See habitat, -ant]


(ˈhæb ɪ tənt; Fr. a biˈtɑ̃)

n., pl. ha•bi•tants (ˈhæb ɪ tənts; Fr. a biˈtɑ̃)
a French Canadian, esp. a French-speaking inhabitant of rural Quebec.
[1780–90; < French, present participle of habiter < Latin habitāre]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.habitant - a person who inhabits a particular placehabitant - a person who inhabits a particular place
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
Asian, Asiatic - a native or inhabitant of Asia
European - a native or inhabitant of Europe
Aussie, Australian - a native or inhabitant of Australia
Austronesian - a native or inhabitant of Austronesia
New Zealander, Kiwi - a native or inhabitant of New Zealand
American - a native or inhabitant of a North American or Central American or South American country
American - a native or inhabitant of the United States
Alsatian - a native or inhabitant of Alsace
borderer - an inhabitant of a border area (especially the border between Scotland and England)
cottage dweller, cottager - someone who lives in a cottage
easterner - an inhabitant of an eastern area; especially of the U.S.
Galilaean, Galilean - an inhabitant of Galilee (an epithet of Jesus Christ)
Hittite - a member of an ancient people who inhabited Anatolia and northern Syria about 2000 to 1200 BC
island-dweller, islander - an inhabitant of an island
landlubber, landman, landsman - a person who lives and works on land
Latin - an inhabitant of ancient Latium
liver - someone who lives in a place; "a liver in cities"
marcher - an inhabitant of a border district
Nazarene - an inhabitant of Nazareth
Northerner - an inhabitant of the North
Numidian - an inhabitant of ancient Numidia
Occidental - a native inhabitant of the Occident
Philistine - a member of an Aegean people who settled ancient Philistia around the 12th century BC
Phrygian - a native or inhabitant of Phrygia
plainsman - an inhabitant of a plains region (especially the Great Plains of North America)
occupant, occupier, resident - someone who lives at a particular place for a prolonged period or who was born there
earthling, earthman, tellurian, worldling - an inhabitant of the earth
Trinidadian - inhabitant or native of Trinidad
villager - one who has lived in a village most of their life
westerner - an inhabitant of a western area; especially of the U.S.
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References in classic literature ?
Thither let us bend all our thoughts, to learn What creatures there inhabit, of what mould, Or substance, how endu'd, and what thir Power, And where thir weakness, how attempted best, By force or suttlety: Though Heav'n be shut, And Heav'ns high Arbitrator sit secure In his own strength, this place may lye expos'd The utmost border of his Kingdom, left To their defence who hold it: here perhaps Som advantagious act may be achiev'd By sudden onset, either with Hell fire To waste his whole Creation, or possess All as our own, and drive as we were driven, The punie habitants, or if not drive, Seduce them to our Party, that thir God May prove thir foe, and with repenting hand Abolish his own works.
He was full of speculation that night about the condition of Mars, and scoffed at the vulgar idea of its having in- habitants who were signalling us.
Ah, if I were only a habitant of the Campagna five and twenty miles from Rome!
Cette ville de moins de 10.000 habitants presente un paysage de desolation: maisons calcinees balayees par le vent et la poussiere, pas d'acces aux services de base, ecoles detruites ou inutilisables.
Actualites Eecrit par K.aoutar Khennach L e nouveau quartier Victoria, situe au Sud de Casablanca a proximite de Bouskoura, lance un appel a manifestation d'interet pour couvrir l'ensemble des besoins de ses futurs habitants. Developpe et amenage par Garan, le groupement Marocco-saoudien operant dans l'amenagement, le developpement et la promotion immobiliere.
La reunion qui etait prevue, vendredi 11 juillet, entre les representants de la societe civile de Djerba et le president de la Republique Moncef Marzouki a ete annulee, suite aux affrontements survenus le meme jour, entre forces de securite et habitants de Gallala, rapporte radio Tataouine.
Si la modernite s'est installee dans nombre de domaines de la vie quotidienne des Marrakchis, les habitants de l'ancienne medina continuent, eux, tant bien que mal de resister aux poids des changements imposes par ce mode de vie.
Optant pour la voie judiciaire afin de mettre un terme au sit-in des pro-Morsi qui les agacent depuis plus de trois semaines, les habitants de Rabi'a Al Adawiya ont decide de collecter des documents signes pour les soumettre a la justice et revendiquer une mise a terme de ce sit-in.
Les Habitants du recit: Voyage critique dans la litterature italienne des annees soixante-dix a nos jours.
These settlers called themselves habitants, or "those who live on the land."