Definition of habit in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈhabɪt


  • 2A long, loose garment worn by a member of a religious order: nuns in long brown habits, black veils, and sandals
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    • Because I wore the habit of a religious order he saw me as a sort of expert, one who could get results.
    • Standing on a parapet of fictive marble, dressed in the brown habit of his order, St Francis gazes intently at a wooden crucifix held between his crossed hands.
    • In his last decade in Rome he lived in a home run by the Blue Nuns, an Irish order so called because of the color of their habit.
  • 2.1 short for riding habit.
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    • They had already done their tests but were still in their dressage habit.
    • Because of the necessary fabrics to make habits hang correctly, I usually charge between $400-975 to create one.
    • The old lady's habit, formed of stiff brocade, gives her the appearance of a squat pyramid, with a grotesque head at the top of it.
  • 2.2 [mass noun] archaic Clothes: in the vile habit of a village slave
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    • The series in fact comprises only two: one in the form of a monk's habit and cowl, and one depicting a pin-striped business suit and tie.
    • They were clothed in the Dominican habit at a special Mass in the church which was attended by their family and friends.
  • 3 archaic A person’s health or constitution: a victim to a consumptive habit


(be habited) • archaic Back to top  
  • Be dressed or clothed: a boy habited as a serving lad
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    • She and her daughter, habited in their night clothes, had apparently been occupied in arranging some papers in the iron chest already mentioned, which had been wheeled into the middle of the room.


break (or • informal kick) the habit

Stop engaging in a habitual practice: trying to break the habit increases the compulsion
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  • Drug orders are imposed on heroin users who steal to fund their habit and give them intensive support in efforts to kick the habit.
  • When a deacon ventured to speak to him about it, he just said he had gotten into the habit of starting late and it was hard to kick the habit.
  • Although he had been told to stop smoking, breaking the habit was too much for him.


Middle English: from Old French abit, habit, from Latin habitus 'condition, appearance', from habere 'have, consist of'. The term originally meant 'dress, attire', later coming to denote physical or mental constitution.

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