refugee

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noun ref·u·gee \ˌre-fyu̇-ˈjē, ˈre-fyu̇-ˌ\

Definition of refugee

  1. :  one that flees; especially :  a person who flees to a foreign country or power to escape danger or persecution

refugeeism

play \-ˌi-zəm\ noun

Examples of refugee in a sentence

  1. Thousands of refugees have fled the area.

  2. <refugees began returning to their homeland after years of political unrest and war>

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: 1685


REFUGEE Defined for English Language Learners

refugee

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noun ref·u·gee \ˌre-fyu̇-ˈjē, ˈre-fyu̇-ˌ\

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

refugee

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noun ref·u·gee \ˌre-fyu̇-ˈjē\

Definition of refugee for Students

  1. :  a person who flees for safety (as from war) usually to a foreign country


Law Dictionary

refugee

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noun ref·u·gee \ˌre-fyu̇-ˈjē\

Legal Definition of refugee

  1. :  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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