migrant

noun
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

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

nonimmigrant

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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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His fiery rhetoric against migrants and refusal to join a new European Union public prosecutor’s office focusing on fraud and corruption have also raised concerns. Matthew Lee, The Seattle Times, "US warns Hungary, other allies to shun business with Huawei," 11 Feb. 2019 From the beginning of his pontificate, Pope Francis has made dramatic gestures reflecting his commitment to refugees and migrants. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Pope Brings Pro-Migrant Message to Central America," 24 Jan. 2019 Turkish leader Erdoğan does it, targeting refugees and migrants. Sydney Bucksbaum, Teen Vogue, "Cassandra Clare's "Queen of Air and Darkness" Completely Shakes Up the Shadowhunters Universe While Mirroring the Real World," 3 Dec. 2018 What’s also important is that organizations working with migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees are aware of cultural sensitivities. Annette Lin, Teen Vogue, "Migrant Caravan Teens Talk About What It's Like to Get Your Period," 20 Dec. 2018 Well, there’s 258 million migrants in this world, according to the UN. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: ‘Dear America’ author Jose Antonio Vargas on Recode Decode," 24 Nov. 2018 Faced with this massive influx of migrants, Colombia has called for international help. Joe Heim And Julie Tate, Houston Chronicle, "As Hart children begged for help, system failed them," 12 July 2018 Liberal democracy in the United States in particular is built on the idea of America as a nation built by migrants, a home for seekers of freedom and opportunity from all over the world. Cathy Young, BostonGlobe.com, "Is liberal democracy failing? No, it’s a victim of its own success," 8 July 2018 Since calling for an end to the separations, administration officials have been casting about for detention space for migrants, with the Pentagon drawing up plans to hold as many as 20,000 at U.S. military bases. Elliot Spagat, Time, "California Judge Orders Immigrant Families to Be Reunited Within 30 Days," 27 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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migrant

noun

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

migrant

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

Kids Definition of migrant

: a person or animal that migrates

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