refugee

noun
ref·​u·​gee | \ ˌre-fyu̇-ˈjē How to pronounce refugee (audio) , ˈre-fyu̇-ˌjē \

Definition of refugee

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

Other Words from refugee

refugeeism \ ˌre-​fyu̇-​ˈjē-​ˌi-​zəm How to pronounce refugee (audio) , ˈre-​fyu̇-​ˌjē-​ \ noun

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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 on the Web More than half of the six million people who have fled Ukraine since the conflict began have gone to neighboring Poland, according to the United Nations refugee agency. Vivian Salama, WSJ, 16 May 2022 With the war in Ukraine approaching three months, more than 6 million people have fled the country since Russian troops invaded on Feb. 24, according to the U.N. refugee agency. Andrew Dampf, ajc, 16 May 2022 More than 6 million people have fled Ukraine since Russia invaded on Feb. 24, according to the UN refugee agency. Alex Horton, BostonGlobe.com, 16 May 2022 More than 6 million people have fled Ukraine since the war began, according to an Associated Press report citing recent figures from the United Nations refugee agency. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, 14 May 2022 More than 6 million people have fled Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion, according to the UN refugee agency. Katya Soldak, Forbes, 13 May 2022 About 7,000 Ukrainians cross the border and arrive in Romania daily, said Pablo Zapata, the Romanian representative for the U.N. refugee agency, the AP reported. Fox News Staff, Fox News, 8 May 2022 Nearly 6 million Ukrainians, mostly women and children, have fled their country since Russia's invasion, according to the U.N. refugee agency. Arkansas Online, 7 May 2022 The number of people who have fled Russia's war in Ukraine has now surpassed 5.5 million, according to the United Nations refugee agency. NBC News, 2 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of refugee

1685, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for refugee

French réfugié, past participle of (se) réfugier to take refuge, from Middle French refugier, from Latin refugium

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The first known use of refugee was in 1685

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22 May 2022

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refugee

noun
ref·​u·​gee | \ ˌre-fyu̇-ˈjē How to pronounce refugee (audio) \

Kids Definition of refugee

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

refugee

noun
ref·​u·​gee | \ ˌre-fyu̇-ˈjē How to pronounce refugee (audio) \

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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