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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for emigrant
Historical Examples
  • Behold me on my way to an emigrant Ship, on a hot morning early in June.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • He had not a sou of money for his passage, as he had not even been able to pay for an emigrant's ticket.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • The only response is, that I have acted for an emigrant, and where is that emigrant?

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • Not an emigrant, he hoped, within the sense and spirit of the law.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • What does the emigrant from Europe bring to America besides his baggage?

    Introductory American History Henry Eldridge Bourne
  • We must have all the emigrant fun we can, for we'll only be Ted and Kitty after we get home.

  • He is an emigrant rather than a sailor, for he has only shipped for a passage.

    A Final Reckoning G. A. Henty
  • But capital is indispensable to his success, and no emigrant should proceed there without it.

    Mexico Charles Reginald Enock
  • Then there is another danger—the tendency of emigrant colonization.

    'America for Americans!' John Philip Newman
  • The newer American emigrant came for land and secured it outside.

    A Little Girl in Old Detroit

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
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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