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[em-i-grey; French ey-mee-grey]
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noun, plural é·mi·grés [em-i-greyz; French ey-mee-grey] /ˈɛm ɪˌgreɪz; French eɪ miˈgreɪ/.
  1. an emigrant, especially a person who flees from his or her native land because of political conditions.
  2. a person who fled from France because of opposition to or fear of the revolution that began in 1789.
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Origin of émigré

1785–95; < French: noun use of past participle of émigrer < Latin ēmīgrāre to emigrate
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Related Words for emigre

alien, deportee, exile, expatriate, expellee, foreigner, outlander, outsider, refugee, DP, expat

Examples from the Web for emigre

Historical Examples of emigre

  • A future king of France, while an emigre, had been to Louisiana.

    The Crossing

    Winston Churchill

  • I thought I was saving an emigre, but I love you better as a Republican.

    The Chouans

    Honore de Balzac

  • The old captain was an emigre, and had returned undecided what he would do.

  • You do not understand how delicate the position of an emigre is towards those who are now in possession of his property.

    An Historical Mystery

    Honore de Balzac

  • Were you aware that sometime in the fall of 1963, that a lady was residing with Mrs. Paine who was a Russian emigre?

    Warren Commission (10 of 26): Hearings Vol. X (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

British Dictionary definitions for emigre


  1. an emigrant, esp one forced to leave his native country for political reasons
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Word Origin for émigré

C18: from French, from émigrer to emigrate
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Word Origin and History for emigre


1792, from French émigré "an emigrant," noun use of past participle of émigrer "emigrate" (18c.), from Latin emigrare (see emigration). Originally used of royalist refugees from the French Revolution; extended 1920s to refugees from the Russian Revolution, then generally to political exiles.

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