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emigrant

noun em·i·grant \ ˈe-mi-grənt \
Updated on: 14 Mar 2018

Definition of emigrant

1 : one who emigrates
2 : a migrant plant or animal

Examples of emigrant in a Sentence

  1. Millions of European emigrants came to America in the 19th century.

  2. a city teeming with emigrants from many lands

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immigrant or emigrant?

Both of these words come from the Latin migrare (“to move from one place to another”), and both have definitions in English that hew closely to their etymological roots, but there is a definite difference between how you would use each one. Emigrant is used in reference to the country that has been left (“an emigrant from Canada”), while immigrant is used in reference the country that one is destined for (“an immigrant to Spain”).

First Known Use of emigrant

1735

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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emigrant

adjective

Definition of emigrant

: departing or having departed from a country to settle elsewhere

First Known Use of emigrant

1773

in the meaning defined above

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EMIGRANT Defined for English Language Learners

emigrant

Definition of emigrant for English Language Learners

  • : a person who leaves a country or region to live in another one : a person who emigrates


EMIGRANT Defined for Kids

emigrant

noun em·i·grant \ ˈe-mi-grənt \

Definition of emigrant for Students

: a person who leaves one country or region to live in another


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