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[em-i-gruh nt]
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  1. a person who emigrates, as from his or her native country or region: They welcomed the emigrants from Italy.
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  1. emigrating.
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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 formsnon·em·i·grant, noun, adjectiveun·em·i·grant, adjective
Can be confusedemigrant immigrant migrant
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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

  • Not an emigrant, he hoped, within the sense and spirit of the law.

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens

  • The only response is, that I have acted for an emigrant, and where is that emigrant?

    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

British Dictionary definitions for emigrant


    1. a person who leaves one place or country, esp a native country, to settle in anotherCompare immigrant
    2. (as modifier)an emigrant worker
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Word Origin and History for emigrant


1754, from Latin emigrantem (nominative emigrans), present participle of emigrare (see emigration).

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