[ em-i-gruh nt ]
/ ˈɛm ɪ grənt /


a person who emigrates, as from his or her native country or region: They welcomed the emigrants from Italy.


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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British Dictionary definitions for emigrant


/ (ˈɛmɪɡrənt) /


  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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