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 Alonzo and three others arrested Tuesday were targets of U.S. prosecutors, wanted in connection with the death of a Guatemalan migrant in Texas last year. Sonia PÉrez D., ajc, 2 Aug. 2022 Reynaldo Bello, a migrant from Peru, joined the march with his wife and baby because the family had been living a park and going hungry while waiting for their immigration paperwork to be processed. Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 2 Apr. 2022 Toby, a migrant from Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital, who sells bottled water out of a wheelbarrow in Tapachula’s central park, sleeps outside, his jeans perpetually wet from the city’s intermittent downpours. Lillian Perlmutter, Los Angeles Times, 24 Mar. 2022 One migrant from Sudan, who would only give his name as Yasir, had been trying for three years to get to the United Kingdom. Lori Hinnant And Danica Kirka, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 Nov. 2021 Mohammed Salah, a 20-year-old migrant from the Ivory Coast, told the AP he was intercepted and returned to Libya in January 2020. BostonGlobe.com, 13 Oct. 2021 The then-27-year-old migrant from Acapulco, Guerrero, México, spent over three years in that detention center. Javier Arce, The Arizona Republic, 1 July 2021 Today, a monumental Supreme Court decision on climate, plus charges in the devastating Texas migrant deaths, and more. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 1 July 2022 The mother of two victims from the San Antonio migrant tragedy says her sons were looking to build a better future in the United States when their lives were tragically cut short. Abigail Adams, PEOPLE.com, 30 June 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/migrant. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of migrant

: a person or animal that migrates

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