boat people

plural noun

Definition of boat people

: refugees fleeing by boat

Examples of boat people in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her maternal grandparents, boat people on the Yangtze River, had begun one day with eight children on the boat and at the end of the day counted seven. The New Yorker, 8 Nov. 2021 The boat people where rescued from their sinking ferry in international waters and remain onboard the ship which is anchored off Christmas Island. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, 26 Oct. 2021 Then came Vietnam and the exodus of hundreds of thousands of boat people after the fall of Saigon. New York Times, 21 Aug. 2021 Darren had successfully reached the water’s edge and was thus in earshot of the boat people. Hermione Hoby, Harper's Magazine, 22 June 2021 Among the voluntarily naked British citizens on the beach, the first thing observed was that the boat people had no bags. Hermione Hoby, Harper's Magazine, 22 June 2021 The United Nations High Commission for Refugees estimates that between 200,000 and 400,000 boat people died at sea. CNN, 30 Apr. 2021 Consider Hanh Tran, born in Boston, her mother one of the boat people who fled Vietnam after the war., 27 Mar. 2021 There were thousands of boat people trying to escape Vietnam during this time. Lisa Tran, Bon Appétit, 12 Feb. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of boat people

1976, in the meaning defined above

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“Boat people.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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