boat people

plural noun

Definition of boat people

:refugees fleeing by boat

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First Known Use of boat people

1976


BOAT PEOPLE Defined for English Language Learners

boat people

noun

Definition of boat people for English Language Learners

  • : people who leave their country in boats in order to get away from a dangerous situation


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