anchor baby

[ang-ker bey-bee]

noun Disparaging and Offensive.

a term used to refer to a baby born to an undocumented mother in a country where the baby becomes a citizen at birth, especially when the birth is planned to facilitate eventual legal residency for the family.

Nearby words

  1. ancestry,
  2. anch'ing,
  3. anchises,
  4. ancho,
  5. anchor,
  6. anchor ball,
  7. anchor bed,
  8. anchor bell,
  9. anchor bolt,
  10. anchor buoy

Origin of anchor baby

First recorded in 1995–2000; from the parents' intent to "anchor" themselves and not be deported

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