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émigré

[ em-i-grey; French ey-mee-grey ]
/ ˈɛm ɪˌgreɪ; French eɪ miˈgreɪ /
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noun, plural é·mi·grés [em-i-greyz; French ey-mee-grey] /ˈɛm ɪˌgreɪz; French eɪ miˈgreɪ/.

an emigrant, especially a person who flees from his or her native land because of political conditions.
a person who fled from France because of opposition to or fear of the revolution that began in 1789.

RELATED WORDS

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

Nearby words

élan vital, élancé, élisabethville, éluard, éluard, paul, émigré, émile, émincé, éminence grise, épatant, épaulement

Origin of émigré

1785–95; < French: noun use of past participle of émigrer < Latin ēmīgrāre to emigrate
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émigré

/ (ˈɛmɪˌɡreɪ, French emiɡre) /

noun

an emigrant, esp one forced to leave his native country for political reasons

Word Origin for émigré

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

emigre


n.

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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