- A person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster: tens of thousands of refugees fled their homes [as modifier]: a refugee campMore example sentences
- The government wants to dump refugees into camps in isolated areas around Britain.
- Immigrants and refugees are not likely to be people who have lived in affluent suburbs.
- We hear next to nothing of the refugee camps, the economic and social embargoes and the massacres.
late 17th century: from French réfugié 'gone in search of refuge', past participle of (se) réfugier, from refuge (see refuge).