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[em-i-gruh nt] /ˈɛm ɪ grənt/
a person who emigrates, as from his or her native country or region:
They welcomed the emigrants from Italy.
Synonyms: émigré, expatriate.
Origin of emigrant
1745-55, Americanism; < Latin ēmīgrant- (stem of ēmīgrāns) moving away (present participle of ēmīgrāre), equivalent to ē- e-1 + mīgrant- (mīgr- remove + -ant- -ant)
Related forms
nonemigrant, noun, adjective
unemigrant, adjective
Can be confused
emigrant, immigrant, migrant. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for emigrant
Historical Examples
  • Yes, to the emigrant company of those days, the drying up of a stream was often of serious import.

    The Pioneer Trail Alfred Lambourne
  • Every emigrant train for California then expected to restock in Utah.

    The Story of the Mormons William Alexander Linn
  • The mountain men who run them know how to get an emigrant's last nickel.

    The Lost Wagon James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • We had to stay there overnight, and occupied the emigrant sheds.

    A Soldier's Life Edwin G. Rundle
  • The emigrant royalists who had taken refuge there ostentatiously displayed their detestation of the democratic prince.

    Louis Philippe John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
  • A coach can go where an ammunition or an emigrant wagon can't.

  • This is the story of a little girl who in 1849 rode all the way from Ohio to California in an emigrant wagon.

    Stories of California Ella M. Sexton
  • He at once booked his passage by an emigrant ship, and sailed from England.

    Julian Home Dean Frederic W. Farrar
  • And Bobinikine turning to the complexion of the remainder of cupboard dumplings discovered in an emigrant's house-to-let!

  • Behold me on my way to an emigrant Ship, on a hot morning early in June.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for emigrant


  1. a person who leaves one place or country, esp a native country, to settle in another Compare immigrant
  2. (as modifier): an emigrant worker
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for emigrant

1754, from Latin emigrantem (nominative emigrans), present participle of emigrare (see emigration).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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