immigrant

noun im·mi·grant \ ˈi-mə-grənt \
Updated on: 22 May 2018

Definition of immigrant

: one that immigrates: such as
a : a person who comes to a country to take up permanent residence
b : a plant or animal that becomes established in an area where it was previously unknown

immigrant

adjective

Examples of immigrant in a Sentence

  1. Millions of immigrants came to America from Europe in the 19th century.

  2. The city has a large immigrant population.

Recent Examples of immigrant from the Web

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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 immigrant

1789

in the meaning defined above

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IMMIGRANT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of immigrant for English Language Learners

  • : a person who comes to a country to live there


IMMIGRANT Defined for Kids

immigrant

noun im·mi·grant \ ˈi-mi-grənt \

Definition of immigrant for Students

: a person who comes to a country to live there


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