Definition of Quebecois in English:

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Pronunciation: /kābeˈkwä/
(also Québécois)

noun (plural same)

1A native or inhabitant of Quebec, typically one who is French Canadian: a 57-year-old Quebecois with a bristling gray mustache and penetrating eyes the company now employs some 30 Maine residents and 20 Quebecois
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  • Many Quebecois harboured a deep-seated hatred of the English, the people who had dominated them for over 200 years.
  • Strong kinship ties, proximity to places of origin, and the French language made the Quebecois resistant to assimilation.
  • The political tensions between Quebecois and Acadiens are probably as pronounced today as they are between English-speaking Ontarians and Quebecois.
2The form of French spoken in Quebec: I speak Parisian French, rather than Quebecois
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  • Daniel Jobin's DP work should receive some kind of special award from the Quebec tourist industry, because watching this film gave me an urge to take a crash course in Quebecois, pack some fishing gear and move there immediately.
  • This table indicates that shifting the vowel of fort to sound like the vowel of standard European French fard is normal in Quebecois.
  • We had dinner at the truckstop and listened to the French-Canadian truckers all speaking Quebecois and then came home to a full moon lighting up the whole yard.


Relating to Quebec or the form of French spoken there: Quebecois folk songs the Quebecois accent
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  • However, Toronto is not a good location from which to serve the distinct Quebecois market.
  • In Quebec, the development of an effective, locally owned distribution system has absolved the Quebecois music industry of an ongoing reliance on multinational firms.
  • She's got a Quebecois look to her.


Mid 19th century: from French québécois.

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Syllabification: Que·bec·ois

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