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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The ways Americans assign blame for child-parent separations also suggests the public’s sympathy toward undocumented migrants is limited. Scott Clement, Washington Post, "The public rejected Trump’s child-separation policy, but a majority supports his push to detain families until court hearings," 13 July 2018 At least 412 migrants were found dead in 2017, from 398 the previous year. Elliot Spagat, BostonGlobe.com, "Judge weighs tighter oversight of plan to reunite families," 13 July 2018 But in the court of public opinion, the Administration’s harsh posture toward migrants has been widely condemned. Maya Rhodan, Time, "For the Trump Administration, Reuniting Migrant Families Proves Easier Said Than Done," 12 July 2018 Seehofer, who has long pushed Chancellor Angela Merkel to take a harder line against migrants, said the new plan also envisions placing all asylum-seekers in big centers to have their applications processed there. Kirsten Grieshaber, The Seattle Times, "Germany presents new, more restrictive migration plan," 10 July 2018 Meanwhile, testimonials from migrants who have already been united with their children provide a harrowing portrait of the administration’s negligence. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Justice Department Asks for More Time to Reunite Migrant Families," 6 July 2018 Two months ago, 7-year-old Guatemalan migrant Janne Martin-Godinez was separated from her family after crossing the U.S.–Mexico border. Kaylen Ralph, Teen Vogue, "Mother Speaks Out About Immigration After Being Reunited With Daughter," 2 July 2018 Among the more than 11,000 migrants who died attempting to cross the Mediterranean between 2014 and 2017, one was the wife of another Eritrean friend deported from Israel. Brian Goldstone, The New Republic, "Essential reporting, interpretation, and opinion on politics and culture. Don't miss our latest.," 26 June 2018 In 2016, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that child migrants who came to the border with parents and were held in custody must be released. Jill Colvin And Colleen Long, Indianapolis Star, "Trump signs executive order to end immigrant family separations," 20 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 \

Kids Definition of migrant

: a person or animal that migrates

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