Definition of habitat in English:

habitat

noun

  • 1The natural home or environment of an animal, plant, or other organism.

    ‘wild chimps in their natural habitat’
    • ‘The best tend to have fewer species, provide a great deal of space, and sometimes almost reproduce the animals' natural habitats - minus most of the dangers.’
    • ‘It's a technique which has a lot of potential and the next film will feature more talking animals in their natural habitat.’
    • ‘The point is businesses that benefit from animals are expected to preserve habitats, not disturb natural productivity.’
    • ‘Pollution had also been a major problem, devastating the natural habitats of many animals and damaging the earth beyond repair.’
    • ‘The good news is that these cool, damp places are ideal for growing woodland plants, whose natural habitats include just such moist, shady conditions.’
    • ‘Finally, time was spent on the Galapagos Islands recording indigenous animals in their natural habitats.’
    • ‘It's hard enough bird watching, does she have to disrupt the animals in their natural habitat?’
    • ‘But the stress of being moved from their natural habitat can damage the animals and the public are being asked not to handle them.’
    • ‘The place is a natural habitat for 15 endemic plants bearing the mountains' name.’
    • ‘Soon it will be time to compete for attention with a different type of animal in their natural habitat of the Dáil.’
    • ‘This chance to view the animals in their natural habitat should not be passed by.’
    • ‘These included maintaining and restoring a full range of remaining natural habitats and ecosystems to a healthy, functioning condition.’
    • ‘We depend on the natural environment for our survival, as wildlife depends on the natural ecosystem for its habitat.’
    • ‘Boundaries should be placed around cities instead, preventing the otherwise inevitable depletion of precious natural habitats.’
    • ‘The draining of water from rivers and watersheds for irrigation leads to drier natural habitats.’
    • ‘We have destroyed all the predators of the fox in these islands by our own expansion into natural habitats.’
    • ‘The series focuses on the current state of our natural habitat, and what the future holds for us all.’
    • ‘The article suggests that protecting elephants and their natural habitats would be a step to survival of the species.’
    • ‘In this film there are no underwater shots of marine life in its natural habitat.’
    • ‘One of those values is the desire to protect our natural habitat for generations to come.’
    natural environment, natural element, natural territory, natural surroundings, natural terrain, home, domain, haunt
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1informal A person's usual or preferred surroundings.
      • ‘The historian is always 'a man of his time': of his social class, of his nation, of his political habitat.’
      • ‘You could get a really nice framed photo of your younger brother somewhere on campus so they can look at him in his new habitat.’
      • ‘He rarely gives interviews, but he can be found at his natural habitat, Republican fundraising dinners.’
      • ‘Van Gogh had chosen this town of multiple identities as his habitat and retreat from Paris in February 1888.’
      • ‘On a recent visit back to Edinburgh, he went to visit his sister in her new habitat.’
      • ‘Her natural habitat is not the public platform; she doesn't tweet or text about anything and everything in the news.’
      • ‘"You were the first Canadians to invite me into their home," she told me at a downtown Toronto Starbucks, her preferred habitat far from Maple's more traditional family values.’

Origin

Late 18th century from Latin, literally ‘it dwells’, from habitare (see habitable).

Pronunciation

habitat

/ˈhabɪtat/