noun, often attributive
émi·​gré | \ ˈe-mi-ˌgrā How to pronounce émigré (audio) , ˌe-mi-ˈgrā\
variants: or less commonly emigré

Definition of émigré

: emigrant especially : a person who emigrates for political reasons

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Synonyms for émigré


deportee, evacuee, exile, expat [chiefly British], expatriate, refugee

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Examples of émigré in a Sentence

He was one of a group of Soviet émigrés living in New York. the revolution resulted in a flood of émigrés into neighboring countries

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Yet, mural supporters say the historic fresco, a Depression-era painting by Russian emigre Victor Arnautoff, is an important piece of art that is actually critical of oppression and imperialism and must be saved. Jill Tucker, SFChronicle.com, "Fate of controversial SF high school mural down to three options," 17 June 2019 The election marked the first time that Guatemalans could cast ballots from abroad: At least 60,000 were eligible to vote in Los Angeles, New York, Maryland and Washington, D.C., all home to large numbers of Guatemalan emigres. Time, "Businesswoman and Former First Lady Sandra Torres Is Ahead in Guatemala's Election, Early Results Show," 19 May 2019 Meyer, an emigre from the Netherlands, had already explored extensively in northern and central China when Fairchild tapped him, in 1916, to go to southern China. Adrian Higgins, The Seattle Times, "Scientists thought they had created the perfect tree. But it became a nightmare.," 17 Sep. 2018 Cleveland, the letter noted, had been seen as a friend by English emigres but seemed unusually hostile recently in a fisheries dispute with Canada. Robert Mitchell, Washington Post, "The fake letter historians believe tipped a presidential election," 21 June 2018 Retiree Marie Diaz, 59, of San Jose, is among the emigres. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "Bay Area residents are inundating Sacramento new home websites. Is a coastal wave coming?," 18 June 2018 His view did not prevail, however, resulting in a military disaster for the emigres and a foreign policy debacle for the president. Joseph P. Kahn, BostonGlobe.com, "Richard Goodwin, Kennedy speechwriter and husband to Doris Kearns Goodwin, dead at 86," 21 May 2018 But on the whole, the State Department stubbornly resisted letting Jewish emigres in, refusing even to fill the existing annual legal quota, let alone increase it. Trudy Rubin, Philly.com, "New Holocaust Museum exhibit reminds of how U.S. rejected desperate refugees before | Trudy Rubin," 3 July 2018 The new prosperity, often funded with capital from Cuban emigres overseas, prompted resentment and complaints from the hundreds of thousands of Cubans who still live on state salaries averaging $30 a month. Andrea Rodriguez, The Seattle Times, "Cuba lifting freeze on new private tourism businesses," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of émigré

1792, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for émigré

French émigré, from past participle of émigrer to emigrate, from Latin emigrare

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The first known use of émigré was in 1792

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