Share this entry

Share this page

habitation

Line breaks: habi|ta¦tion
Pronunciation: /habɪˈteɪʃ(ə)n
 
/

Definition of habitation in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1The fact of living in a particular place: signs of human habitation
More example sentences
  • But due to fragmentation and increased human habitation, the big cat's habitat has shrunk further.
  • We could only wonder, for there is a lot of landscape out there and not too many signs of human habitation.
  • Four hours had passed, and barren mountain after barren mountain still lay ahead, the only sign of human habitation being a couple of tiny isolated dwellings.
Synonyms
1.1 [count noun] formal A house or home: he built his habitation close to the river
More example sentences
  • A decade or so before there used to be fewer fishermen houses but now the habitations have become much more sprawling.
  • Fashioned after Indian lodges, the habitations were made out of thick, tanned skins stretched over a pole structure ten feet or so in diameter.
  • It is divided into departments that are subdivided into arrondissements, communes, commune sectionals, and habitations.
Synonyms
house, home, seat, lodging, lodging place, a roof over one's head, billet, quarters, living quarters, rooms, accommodation, housing
informal pad, digs, diggings
formal residence, place of residence, dwelling, dwelling place, abode, domicile

Origin

late Middle English: via Old French from Latin habitatio(n-), from habitare 'inhabit'.

Derivatives

habitative

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • Compound names are composed of an adjectival element and a habitative or topographic element.
  • However, examples of habitative elements occurring in the first position are not unknown.
  • Although a rarity in the west of the country, it is the commonest habitative element of the earliest recorded English place-names.

Definition of habitation in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day cumbersome
Pronunciation: ˈkʌmbəs(ə)m
adjective
large or heavy and therefore difficult to carry…