immigrant

noun
im·​mi·​grant | \ ˈi-mə-grənt How to pronounce immigrant (audio) \

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

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Other Words from immigrant

immigrant adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for immigrant

Synonyms

emigrant, émigré (also emigré), in-migrant, incomer [chiefly British], migrant, out-migrant, settler

Antonyms

nonimmigrant

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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”).

Examples of immigrant in a Sentence

Millions of immigrants came to America from Europe in the 19th century. The city has a large immigrant population.

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Most of the roughly 50,000 immigrants in federal custody have been apprehended at the southern border. Rachael Bade, The Seattle Times, "Trump: Administration giving ‘strong considerations’ to releasing detainees in ‘sanctuary cities’," 12 Apr. 2019 Handler was the daughter of Jewish immigrants from Poland. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "There’s Something About Barbie," 7 Mar. 2019 The French refugees were the first wave of immigrants in a neighborhood that continues to welcome people from all over the world. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "Where to Find London’s Hidden French Side," 7 Jan. 2019 Half of the French and Belgian squads' players trace their ancestry to Africa, a much higher percentage than the ratio of immigrants in either country. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "The World Cup is a victory for the immigrant dream," 12 July 2018 There were about 320,000 Jews living in France in 1940, including some 135,000 immigrants. Ronald C. Rosbottom, WSJ, "‘The Survival of the Jews in France, 1940-44’ Review: Living Under Occupation," 9 Apr. 2019 Penultimate underscores the beauty of the American immigrant experience, and how the melting pot can still create something spectacular. Monica Kim, Vogue, "Penultimate Is a New American Fashion Fantasy, Written By a Chinese Immigrant," 26 Mar. 2019 At another factory, 23-year-old immigrant activist Clara Lemlich led garment industry workers to join unions and to demand better working conditions. Marlena Scott, Teen Vogue, "Many Women Who Died in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911 Were Young Immigrants," 25 Mar. 2019 Britain, not unlike the United States, is a country with a strong immigrant presence built over the last century. Washington Post, "AP Analysis: Trump’s barbed comments upset British hosts," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of immigrant

1789, in the meaning defined above

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immigrant

noun

English Language Learners Definition of immigrant

: a person who comes to a country to live there

immigrant

noun
im·​mi·​grant | \ ˈi-mi-grənt How to pronounce immigrant (audio) \

Kids Definition of immigrant

: a person who comes to a country to live there

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