mi·​grant | \ˈmī-grənt \

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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In addition, Mexico has agreed to pass laws giving workers the right to real union representation, to extend labor protections to migrants workers (who are often from Central America), and to protect women from discrimination. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The three countries signed the deal at the G20 on Friday.," 30 Nov. 2018 But not all Italians are on board, and some are even reaching out to migrants. Simone Somekh, Fox News, "Opening door to migrants, some Italians defy government line," 22 Aug. 2018 Studies have found, for example, that Swedes are more reluctant to give to Bulgarians than to Dutch migrants. The Economist, "The welfare state needs updating," 12 July 2018 The Pentagon confirmed to CBS News on June 21 that HHS officials had recently visited four Army and Air Force bases in Texas and Arkansas while researching new locations to house 20,000 unaccompanied migrant children. Graham Kates, CBS News, "Some detention centers for migrant children not subject to traditional inspections," 5 July 2018 Among both private and nonprofit organizations, no Florida group has received more money to service unaccompanied migrant children than Comprehensive Health. Rob Wile, miamiherald, "Here's how much taxpayers are spending to house unaccompanied immigrants," 2 July 2018 This is not the first time Trump has referred to migrants in this way. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Why Tyrants Dehumanize the Powerless," 20 June 2018 Over the same period, nearly 14,000 refugees and migrants have drowned in the Mediterranean, according to the United Nations, with equally limited coverage. Paul J. Davies, WSJ, "Wall Street Should Think Twice When It Returns to Saudi Arabia," 16 Oct. 2018 Some have been converted to shelters for refugees and migrants. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Olympics try more city-friendly bid process: Will it work?," 8 Oct. 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 \

Kids Definition of migrant

: a person or animal that migrates

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