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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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
Recent Examples on the Web Mark Obbie’s Sicilian-emigre family began its American life in the same Rochester, N.Y., neighborhoods where this story takes place. Mark Obbie, Longreads, "“We Are Not Lost Causes”," 10 Mar. 2020 These things are posed on simple backgrounds, their only context the gray-haired emigres in adjacent photos. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: Artists make use of Asian iconography via paper and sculpture," 31 Jan. 2020 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 The goals of the organization were twofold: to relieve immediate needs as well as to educate Mexican emigres to be more accepted and successful in their new country. Paula Allen, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio charity’s affluent volunteers aided needy fellow Mexico natives in 1920s and ’30s," 26 Oct. 2019 Burle Marx’s father was a Jewish emigre from Germany; his mother was Brazilian of French ancestry. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "This Brazilian artist and landscape architect was bound only by the limits of his imagination," 8 July 2019 Alongside more liberal congregations such as IKAR and Valley Beth Shalom, the city is home to tens of thousands of Persian Jews and Jewish emigres from the former Soviet Union, some of whom lean conservative. Dakota Smith, latimes.com, "Garcetti faces heat for supporting U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem. What did he mean?," 26 June 2019 Behnke’s began as a simple roadside plant stand run by two German emigres, Albert and Rose Behnke, in the 1930s, when the D.C. suburbs were only just getting started. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "Behnke’s closure is a reminder of the tight rope that many garden centers face," 18 June 2019 Critics have called the mural, painted by Russian emigre Victor Arnautoff, racist and offensive toward people of color. Lauren Hernández, SFChronicle.com, "Reversing course, SF school official offers plan to preserve controversial Washington High murals," 9 Aug. 2019

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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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“émigré.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/%C3%A9migr%C3%A9. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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