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, 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 gripping new virtual reality experience by the Academy Award-winning director places the participant in the shoes of migrants making the arduous trek through the Sonoran Desert to reach the United States. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Datebook: Shots of old Route 66, dreamlike paintings and garments fashioned from paper," 12 July 2018 On Saturday, McConnell was eating lunch on Bardstown Road when a group of protesters confronted the senator over U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and its treatment of migrant families. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "Mitch McConnell says protesters 'waited until Elaine wasn't around'," 10 July 2018 In the last two years, however, the numbers of newly arriving migrants in Germany have gone down sharply. Kirsten Grieshaber, The Seattle Times, "Germany presents new, more restrictive migration plan," 10 July 2018 The administration is now exploring the construction of camps on military bases and new detention centers to house undocumented migrant families together. Bloomberg, Fortune, "Immigrant Children Under 5 Will Be Returned to Parents by Next Week, U.S. Official Says," 5 July 2018 But reestablishing this kind of stability can be a challenge for migrant families. Eoin O'carroll, The Christian Science Monitor, "After family separation: How to promote healing for migrant children?," 29 June 2018 As outrage mounts over the treatment of migrant families at the U.S.–Mexico border, New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon is not mincing words. Gabriella Paiella, The Cut, "Cynthia Nixon Says ICE Is a ‘Terrorist Organization’," 22 June 2018 These failures should incite anger and frustration with a government that seems more concerned with blame-shifting than taking care of migrant families seeking asylum in the U.S., which is their right. Jenn M. Jackson, Teen Vogue, "Separating Children From Parents is Shocking And Inhumane — It Is Also An American Tradition," 22 June 2018 Frustrated by the wait, hundreds of Haitian migrants in the Dominican town of Barahona marched to the local Haitian consulate earlier this week, denouncing corruption and indifference in the office over a backlog for passports. Jacqueline Charles, miamiherald, "These Haitian kids need surgery in another country. Getting a passport is the hard part," 22 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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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