boat people

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plural noun
  1. refugees who have fled a country by boat, usually without sufficient provisions, navigational aids, or a set destination, especially those who left Indochina by sea as a result of the fall of South Vietnam in 1975.

Origin of boat people

First recorded in 1975–80

Words Nearby boat people Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use boat people in a sentence

  • He checked the evidence of the boat people as it had appeared in the papers by what they said now.

    '19,000' | Burford Delannoy

British Dictionary definitions for boat people

boat people

pl n
  1. refugees, esp from Vietnam in the late 1970s, who leave by boat hoping to be picked up by ships of another country

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