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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migrant adjective

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Examples of migrant in a Sentence

migrants in search of work on farms Not all birds are migrants.
Recent Examples on the Web These factors include the capacity of border facilities and the individual circumstances of each migrant. Javier Arce, The Arizona Republic, "In the midst of a pandemic, a lone church leaves its doors open to undocumented migrants," 9 May 2021 One migrant was taken to a hospital for dehydration, a spokesman with the San Antonio Fire Department told KTVT-TV (Channel 11). Dallas News, "Dallas man arrested in San Antonio after 41 migrants found in back of tractor-trailer he was driving," 8 May 2021 During the last migrant surge in 2019, a similar cluster of migrants developed to the east in the border city of Matamoros. Los Angeles Times, "Hundreds of migrants cross the Rio Grande nightly: ‘We all came with dreams’," 22 Mar. 2021 The Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas will start functioning as a transition facility for unaccompanied migrant kids starting Wednesday, according to the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Quinn Owen And Luke Barr, ABC News, "Homeland Security chief Mayorkas makes 1st congressional appearance as secretary amid border crisis," 17 Mar. 2021 Unlike the last migrant surge, under the Trump administration, the majority of people crossing this year are single adults, primarily from Mexico. Michelle Hackman, WSJ, "Illegal Border Crossings Near Two-Decade High, Mayorkas Says," 16 Mar. 2021 According to Psaki, Honduras has also recently deployed 7,000 police and troops to try to stop a migrant caravan headed north. Laura Weiss, The New Republic, "Biden’s Disturbing Acceptance of State Violence Against Central American Migrants," 20 Apr. 2021 An ingredients list will be provided before the session, which is presented by Migrateful, which offers cooking classes from migrant and refugee chefs, and digital recipe cards will be sent out afterward. New York Times, "Focus on Wellness and Take a Gardening Class," 9 Apr. 2021 Instead, the most effective ways to support Asian massage workers is to support the campaigns of grass-roots migrant and labor organizations, in the U.S. and globally, that know what workers need. Elena Shih, Star Tribune, "How to protect massage workers," 29 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of migrant was in 1672

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13 May 2021

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“Migrant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/migrant. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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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