Definition of refugee
: one that flees; especially : a person who flees to a foreign country or power to escape danger or persecution
refugeeismplay \-ˌi-zəm\ noun
Examples of refugee in a Sentence
Thousands of refugees have fled the area.
refugees began returning to their homeland after years of political unrest and war
Recent Examples of refugee from the Web
There were also tributes to Syrian refugee Sarah Mardini, who famously jumped in the waters off Italy with her sister, Ysra, to pull the boat filled with 18 immigrants for several hours to shore.
Social media platforms such as Facebook, Google and Twitter have become a battleground for angry debates about Germany's recent influx of more than 1 million refugees, with authorities struggling to keep up with the flood of criminal complaints.
My wife, for example, her father was a refugee and had to leave Ethiopia.
Four speak Spanish, one speaks Nepalese and one speaks Hakha Chin, a southeast Asian language popular with the area’s Burmese refugees.
In Lebanon, where millions of refugees have fled, similar Ramadan gatherings are also taking place.
One installation consists of a bright orange life jacket—like the ones worn by thousands of refugees traveling to Europe by sea.
Maslenjuk countered that her omission in 1998 was immaterial to her application for refugee status.
The biggest threats to the animals are rapid human population growth and the influx of herders, along with refugees fleeing regional conflicts.
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Origin and Etymology of refugee
French réfugié, past participle of (se) réfugier to take refuge, from Middle French refugier, from Latin refugium
First Known Use: 1685See Words from the same year
REFUGEE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of refugee for English Language Learners
: someone who has been forced to leave a country because of war or for religious or political reasons
REFUGEE Defined for Kids
Definition of refugee for Students
: a person who flees for safety (as from war) usually to a foreign country
Legal Definition of refugee
: an individual seeking refuge or asylum; especially : an individual who has left his or her native country and is unwilling or unable to return to it because of persecution or fear of persecution (as because of race, religion, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion)
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