Definition of immigrant in English:

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immigrant

Pronunciation: /ˈɪmɪɡr(ə)nt/

noun

A person who comes to live permanently in a foreign country: they found it difficult to expel illegal immigrants [as modifier]: immigrant workers an immigrant village
More example sentences
  • Another theme running through the huge demo was solidarity with refugees and immigrants.
  • Yet immigrant workers contribute £2.5 billion to the British economy every year.
  • These parties are not motivated by a defence of the right of immigrants to live where they choose.
Synonyms
newcomer, settler, incomer, new arrival, migrant, emigrant;
non-native, foreigner, foreign national, alien, outsider, stranger;
naturalized citizen, expatriate
informal expat

Origin

Late 18th century: from Latin immigrant- 'immigrating', from the verb immigrare, on the pattern of emigrant.

For editors and proofreaders

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