mi·​grant | \ ˈmī-grənt How to pronounce migrant (audio) \

Definition of migrant

: one that migrates: such as
a : a person who moves regularly in order to find work especially in harvesting crops
b : an animal that shifts from one habitat to another

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Other Words from migrant

migrant adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for migrant


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



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Examples of migrant in a Sentence

migrants in search of work on farms Not all birds are migrants.

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Two African migrants were escorted off the Diciotti Thursday night by Italian police. Washington Post, "Rescued migrants questioned in Sicily about alleged threats," 13 July 2018 Second, striking deals with poorer countries to establish camps, run with UN agencies, to receive, detain and, eventually, return migrants. The Economist, "Europe is moving towards the tough immigration policies of Sebastian Kurz," 5 July 2018 Nelson said Barbara Flotus, the Homestead migrant shelter employee in charge of getting the children in touch with their parents, has been able to put 62 of the 70 children in touch with their parents. Alex Daugherty, miamiherald, "Some children held at Homestead facility have been unable to contact their parents," 26 June 2018 What the Obama administration did, however, was detain families together at the height of the 2014 Central American migrants crisis. refinery29.com, "Everything You Need To Know About Trump's Family Separation Policy," 20 June 2018 On Thursday, attorney general Jeff Sessions cited the bible in defense of the administration's policy, saying that having children does not give migrants immunity from prosecution under American law. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Willie Nelson Calls Trump Administration 'Zero-Tolerance' Immigration Policy 'Outrageous'," 15 June 2018 One couple living in the Leland Terrace neighborhood expressed skepticism that only 54 undocumented migrants were involved, noting the actual number of people appeared to be much larger. Jacob Beltran, San Antonio Express-News, "Neighbors describe chaotic scene after more than 50 immigrants found in truck," 13 June 2018 Did the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court contribute to the deluge of migrants at the nation’s southern border? Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "The Court-Ordered Caravan Deluge," 10 Apr. 2019 Pueblo Sin Fronteras: This organization provides humanitarian aid and shelter to migrants on their way to the U.S. Donate here. refinery29.com, "How To Help Migrant Parents & Children Who Are Separated At The Border," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of migrant

1672, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for migrant

Latin migrant-, migrans, present participle of migrare

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English Language Learners Definition of migrant

: a person who goes from one place to another especially to find work
: a bird or animal that moves from one area to another at different times of the year


mi·​grant | \ ˈmī-grənt How to pronounce migrant (audio) \

Kids Definition of migrant

: a person or animal that migrates

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