ha·​bi·​tué hə-ˈbi-chə-ˌwā How to pronounce habitué (audio)
variants or less commonly habitue
: a person who may be regularly found in or at a particular place or kind of place
café habitués
: devotee
an Internet habitué

Examples of habitué in a Sentence

confirmed habitués of the theater, they support serious dramas as well as comedies and musicals a confirmed habitué of the country club, she keeps tabs on who's having an affair
Recent Examples on the Web Books Nora Ephron was a star writer, talk show habitue and media darling when magazines were everything and such a career was possible. Karen Heller, Washington Post, 23 Feb. 2023 And the audio adaptation turns out to benefit not only from Daniels’s pitch-perfect delivery, but also from that of Rick Foucheux, who plays Sen. John McDowell, a jaded habitue of the political swamp. Washington Post, 5 Nov. 2020 But for anyone who’s not a weekend-midnights New Beverly habitue or even has only seen one or two, there’s the ineluctable appeal of great pop songs, well-belted — no Easter egg acknowledgement required. Chris Willman, Variety, 25 Sep. 2021 Sun Valley, Idaho, habitues such as Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis, Justin Timberlake and other celebs are a large part of the continuing glitterati factor in thi s resort town. Liza Weisstuch, Washington Post, 12 Feb. 2020 Expecting the slow but steady ramp-up of in-the-know habitues and farsighted home buyers to continue as more stylish businesses and artist communities settle there, Frey has decided to open her studio to the public. Leilani Marie Labong, SFChronicle.com, 26 June 2018 Warren Hinckle, San Francisco watering hole habitue, and basset hound Bentley belly up to the bar at the old Pipeline. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Dec. 2017 See More

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Word History


French, from past participle of habituer to frequent, from Late Latin habituare to habituate, from Latin habitus

First Known Use

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of habitué was in 1818

Dictionary Entries Near habitué

Cite this Entry

“Habitué.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/habitu%C3%A9. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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