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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Terry Sprague of Hillsborough, Calif., attended the candlelight vigil in McAllen with about 100 other people after delivering donations to migrants with volunteers from Bay Area Border Relief. Molly Hennessy-fiske, latimes.com, "Migrants contemplate dangerous crossings despite border deaths and detention conditions," 30 June 2019 Last week, Mexico deployed 15,000 soldiers along the U.S. border in an attempt to reduce the number of migrants traveling to the country. Mitchell Peters, Billboard, "Selena Gomez Outraged Over 'Inhumane' Treatment of Children at U.S. Border Patrol Facilities," 30 June 2019 Last year, Border Patrol spent a little more than $1,000 a day on supplies for migrants being held across the Border Patrol's El Paso sector, Hull said. Cedar Attanasio And Amy Taxin, Houston Chronicle, "Doctors, lawyers portray dire conditions for child migrants," 27 June 2019 But complaints of physical and verbal abuse by migrants taken into custody have not. A.c. Thompson, ProPublica, "Years Ago, the Border Patrol’s Discipline System Was Denounced as “Broken.” It’s Still Not Fixed.," 20 June 2019 At Jirzankal, glass beads typical of Western Asia and silk from China confirm the long-distance trade for which the Sogdians became famous, and isotopic analysis of 34 skeletons showed that nearly a third were migrants. Andrew Lawler, Science | AAAS, "Oldest evidence of marijuana use discovered in 2500-year-old cemetery in peaks of western China," 12 June 2019 President Donald Trump has threatened to impose 5% tariffs on Mexico starting June 10 unless the Mexican government stops the flow of migrants coming to the U.S. border. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Gas prices and tariffs: Why gas dropping under $2 a gallon might cost you," 5 June 2019 The holdup over the bill was primarily over the amount of money going to Puerto Rico, which gets more than $900 million in this bill, and whether to allocate money to process migrants at the Mexico border. Kate Irby, sacbee, "Wildfire relief bill on its way to President Trump’s desk despite Republican ‘no’ votes," 3 June 2019 Reports of an influx of inmates at the Youngstown prison come as border patrol agents are seeing larger numbers of migrants trying to enter the U.S. This has resulted in more apprehensions at the border. Eric Heisig, cleveland.com, "Immigrant inmates at Youngstown prison complain of crowded conditions," 3 June 2019

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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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