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


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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As noted by NBC News, the teen is the fifth migrant child to die in U.S. custody since December; all five minors have been from Guatemala. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "A Guatemalan 16-Year-Old Is the Latest Immigrant Minor to Die in U.S. Custody," 20 May 2019 Not content to burn asylum seekers, the commander in chief wants the barrier topped by sharp spikes, to intimidate migrants and slash their hands. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: “Madame Speaker, Did You Bring Your Handcuffs?”," 19 May 2019 Two of the migrants continued to run, but four of them—including Claudia—hid behind some shrubs. Lauren Bohn, Marie Claire, "Who Killed Claudia Gomez?," 2 May 2019 The Obama administration considered family separation based in part on a recommendation from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement during a 2014 surge in migrant families. Alicia A. Caldwell, WSJ, "Inside the Trump Administration’s Chaotic Effort to Reunite Migrant Families," 27 July 2018 Two African migrants were escorted off the Diciotti Thursday night by Italian police. Washington Post, "Rescued migrants questioned in Sicily about alleged threats," 13 July 2018 Second, striking deals with poorer countries to establish camps, run with UN agencies, to receive, detain and, eventually, return migrants. The Economist, "Europe is moving towards the tough immigration policies of Sebastian Kurz," 5 July 2018 Nelson said Barbara Flotus, the Homestead migrant shelter employee in charge of getting the children in touch with their parents, has been able to put 62 of the 70 children in touch with their parents. Alex Daugherty, miamiherald, "Some children held at Homestead facility have been unable to contact their parents," 26 June 2018 What the Obama administration did, however, was detain families together at the height of the 2014 Central American migrants crisis. refinery29.com, "Everything You Need To Know About Trump's Family Separation Policy," 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 How to pronounce migrant (audio) \

Kids Definition of migrant

: a person or animal that migrates

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