asylum seeker

[ uh-sahy-luhm see-ker ]

  1. a person, especially a political fugitive, who applies for refuge or asylum in a foreign country or its embassy.

Origin of asylum seeker

First recorded in 1955–60

Words Nearby asylum seeker Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use asylum seeker in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for asylum seeker

asylum seeker

  1. a person who, from fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, social group, or political opinion, has crossed an international frontier into a country in which he or she hopes to be granted refugee status

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