- an emigrant, especially a person who flees from his or her native land because of political conditions.
- a person who fled from France because of opposition to or fear of the revolution that began in 1789.
Origin of émigré
Examples from the Web for emigres
The marquis and his family had been among the first emigres at the outbreak of the Revolution.Lucretia, Complete
He was all-powerful in Montaignac; and I was accused of being in correspondence with the emigres.The Honor of the Name
The priests had followed the "emigres" into their long exile.The Story of Mankind
Hendrik van Loon
Madame de Ventadour had been in England in her childhood, for her parents had been emigres.Ernest Maltravers, Complete
Fouche relied on the co-operation of the emigres everywhere beyond the Rhine to lure the Duc d'Enghien into the plot.An Historical Mystery
Honore de Balzac
- an emigrant, esp one forced to leave his native country for political reasons
Word Origin and History for emigres
1792, from French émigré "an emigrant," noun use of past participle of émigrer "emigrate" (18c.), from Latin emigrare (see emigration). Originally used of royalist refugees from the French Revolution; extended 1920s to refugees from the Russian Revolution, then generally to political exiles.