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 Calls to form a new migrant caravan had circulated for days, but the turnout was smaller than one that formed January. Star Tribune, "Hundreds of migrants set out from Honduras, dreaming of US," 30 Mar. 2021 In one case, a 17-year-old migrant was caring for a newborn. New York Times, "‘No Place for a Child’: Inside the Tent Camp Housing Thousands of Migrant Children," 30 Mar. 2021 At the end of 2018 and early 2019, after the arrival of a migrant caravan to the Tijuana border, they were held occasionally at the ports of San Ysidro, Otay Mesa, and Tecate. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Customs conducts training exercise at the San Ysidro border," 17 Mar. 2021 Jesus Vargas, a local fisherman, saved a migrant using his fishing rod and captured some of the situation on camera. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Two migrants drown in Rio Grande amid border crossing surge," 22 Mar. 2021 Although immigration is a polarizing topic in Italy, the country is one of the most migrant-friendly nations in Europe, which adds to its rich palette of different cultures and foods. Irene S. Levine, Forbes, "Searching For Italy: Stanley Tucci Visits Sicily," 17 Mar. 2021 Jettner, 29, a migrant from Honduras, is one of those who was allowed in to the United States. Daniel Berehulak, New York Times, "Desperation as Migrant Traffic Piles Up," 14 Mar. 2021 Border agents encountered a migrant at the border about 78,000 times in January — more than double the rate at the same time a year ago and higher than in any January in a decade. BostonGlobe.com, "Biden faces challenge from surge of migrants at the border," 9 Mar. 2021 Border agents encountered a migrant at the border about 78,000 times in January — more than double the rate at the same time a year ago and higher than in any January in a decade. Star Tribune, "Surge of migrants at border poses challenge to Biden," 9 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of migrant was in 1672

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7 Apr 2021

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“Migrant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/migrant. Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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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


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Kids Definition of migrant

: a person or animal that migrates

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