émi·​gré ˈe-mi-ˌgrā How to pronounce émigré (audio)
variants or less commonly emigré
often attributive
: emigrant
especially : a person who emigrates for political reasons

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 Born to two Soviet Jewish emigres, Gershkovich grew up in New Jersey, speaking Russian at home. Caroline Guthrie, ABC News, 29 Sep. 2023 Millions of people have fled Russia this past year to neighboring nations, with TASS reporting 700,000 emigres just in April. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Fortune, 6 Mar. 2023 Inspired by Julie Orringer’s novel The Flight Portfolio, the series borrows heavily from the romantic melodramas and screwball comedies of 1940s Hollywood (many of which were created by recent WWII emigres). Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Apr. 2023 The war and popular mobilization triggered an astonishing exodus of people — perhaps as high as nearly a million emigres — desperate to leave Russia. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 17 Feb. 2023 The Emirates, a top regional ally of the U.S. that has sought deeper military links with Washington, risked backlash by welcoming a significant portion of Russian business — along with many emigres — blacklisted by the West. Los Angeles Times, 2 Mar. 2023 American and Swiss officials have also made inquiries about Soviet-era emigre Beloussov, according to two people informed of the matters. Joseph Menn, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Dec. 2022 The Soviet secret police, the NKVD, eventually infiltrated the emigre community and in 1937 kidnapped Gen. Yevgeny Miller, a former leader of the White Army, smuggled him from Paris to Moscow, where he was tortured and then shot. Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2022 Subtler tactics were used to lure back various homesick emigre artists and writers. Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History


French émigré, from past participle of émigrer to emigrate, from Latin emigrare

First Known Use

1792, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of émigré was in 1792

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Cite this Entry

“émigré.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/%C3%A9migr%C3%A9. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


variants also emigré
ˈem-i-ˌgrā How to pronounce émigré (audio)
: emigrant sense 1
especially : a person forced to emigrate for political reasons


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