de·​por·​tee ˌdē-ˌpȯr-ˈtē How to pronounce deportee (audio)
: one who has been deported or is under sentence of deportation

Examples of deportee in a Sentence

the deportee vowed that he would someday return to a liberated nation
Recent Examples on the Web Rwanda’s government says the country is ready to receive migrants from Britain, and has plans to build more than 1,000 houses, including recreational facilities, for the deportees. Jill Lawless, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 Apr. 2024 Dozens of Haitians expelled from the United States arrived back in Haiti on Thursday in the Department of Homeland Security’s first deportation flight since an ongoing gang insurgency forced the Biden administration to halt a flight with deportees and order the evacuation of Americans. Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, 18 Apr. 2024 Still, Mexico has cooperated with U.S. demands for more crackdowns on migrant flows and human trafficking networks, and agreed last year to receive deportees from four countries — Nicaragua, Haiti, Venezuela and Cuba. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 22 Mar. 2024 With a reputation for high murder rates and disappearances in the early 2000s, the city wasn’t somewhere migrants or deportees eyed – or lingered. Whitney Eulich, The Christian Science Monitor, 5 Mar. 2024 Many deportees could also suffer gross rights violations by the Taliban regime, including arbitrary arrest, detention, and torture. Aqil Shah, Foreign Affairs, 9 Jan. 2024 Venezuelan authorities barred reporters from speaking with deportees after the flight landed. Nick Miroff, Washington Post, 18 Oct. 2023 Ukrainians can receive payments of about $130, but deportees say there is little support beyond that. USA Today, 31 May 2023 Then, the islands became a refuge for Acadian deportees. Hillary Richards, Travel + Leisure, 28 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1865, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of deportee was in 1865

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“Deportee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Legal Definition


de·​por·​tee ˌdē-ˌpōr-ˈtē How to pronounce deportee (audio)
: a person who has been deported or is under an order of deportation
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