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 Subtler tactics were used to lure back various homesick emigre artists and writers. Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2022 But anecdotal evidence suggests the number is at least in the tens of thousands, amid reports of burgeoning Russian-speaking emigre communities arising in Dubai, Istanbul and other places where air service from Russia still exists. Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2022 Back then, Nina Kostina, a Russian emigre, ran the Frank Foundation. CBS News, 4 Dec. 2021 Carly Patterson, who began the streak in 2004, and 2008 victor Nastia Liukin, a Russian emigre. BostonGlobe.com, 29 July 2021 On Saturday, Sotheby’s auctioned a canvas by Chinese emigre artist Sanyu for $25.2 million, with four bidders pushing the painting of a nude female above its $19 million target. Fortune, 8 Oct. 2019 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, 10 Mar. 2020 These things are posed on simple backgrounds, their only context the gray-haired emigres in adjacent photos. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 31 Jan. 2020 Retiree Marie Diaz, 59, of San Jose is among the emigres. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, 18 June 2018 See More

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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 24 Jun. 2022.

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