Definition of emigrant in English:

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emigrant

Pronunciation: /ˈɛmɪɡr(ə)nt/

noun

A person who leaves their own country in order to settle permanently in another: she was a Polish emigrant who came to Scotland during the Second World War [as modifier]: emigrant workers
More example sentences
  • The influx of a huge number of returning emigrants and migrant workers was the last thing that was needed.
  • However in hard economic times Irish emigrants had sent remittances home to sustain their families in Ireland.
  • Many other emigrants subsequently settled in Dublin and the other major urban centres in the country.

Origin

Mid 18th century: from Latin emigrant- 'migrating from', from the verb emigrare (see emigrate).

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  • migrate from early 17th century:

    The word migrate was initially a general word for ‘move from one place to another’. It comes from Latin migrare ‘to move, shift’. People could immigrate from the early 17th century, but emigrants only appeared in the mid 18th century.

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