noun, plural é·mi·grés [em-i-greyz; French ey-mee-grey]. /ˈɛm ɪˌgreɪz; French eɪ miˈgreɪ/.
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Origin of émigré
Words nearby émigré
What does émigré mean?
An émigré is an emigrant, especially one who has fled their home country due to oppressive political conditions.
An emigrant is any person who has emigrated or is emigrating—permanently leaving home in one country or region to settle in another.
While emigrants can emigrate for a number of reasons, the word émigré typically implies that someone has fled political oppression or political conditions that they strongly disagree with.
The word émigré is sometimes used in a more specific way to refer to a person who fled from France before, during, or after the French Revolution, which began in 1789. Such émigrés were often aristocrats who feared that they would be targeted by violence during the revolution or otherwise opposed it.
The related word immigrant refers to someone who moves to a place, as opposed to away from it. Of course, émigrés are also immigrants since they have to settle somewhere after they leave.
The word is sometimes seen without the accent marks (as emigre).
Example: Thousands of émigrés fled Germany during the rise of Hitler in the 1930s.
Where does émigré come from?
The first records of the word émigré come from around 1790s—during the time of the French Revolution. It ultimately comes from the Latin verb ēmīgrāre, from mīgrāre, meaning “to depart” or “to move from place to place.” The e- part means “out of” or “from.” (The word emigrant is composed of the same parts.)
The word émigré implies movement out of one country into another (as opposed to movement out of a city or state into another one in the same country). It also implies that this movement is for a specific reason. While refugees are typically fleeing from negative or harmful conditions like war and famine, émigrés are leaving their home country due to political oppression. Of course, the two words are similar and are sometimes used interchangeably—especially since a person can be fleeing both war and political oppression, for example.
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What are some other forms related to émigré?
- émigrés (plural)
- emigre (without accents)
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How is émigré used in real life?
Émigrés are often discussed in the context of the specific oppression they fled from.
Dear Teenaged Me: Listen carefully to the stories those émigrés from the USSR are telling you. There will be a test later.
— Laura Anne Gilman (@LAGilman) July 21, 2017
— Jesse McKinley (@jessemckinley) January 31, 2017
My grandfathers were 1st-gen sons of Jewish emigres from Europe. Both fought the Nazis; 1 received a bronze star. That legacy is in peril. pic.twitter.com/VmXgfB1Brk
— Matthew Siegel (@MatthewLSiegel) August 14, 2017
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A person can be both an émigré and an immigrant.
Example sentences from the Web for émigré
I thought I was saving an emigre, but I love you better as a Republican.
He only came back to Paris in 1795, having thus become an emigre.Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, Complete|Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne
And was that a social circle of Russian emigre, a certain set of Russian emigre?Warren Commission (9 of 26): Hearings Vol. IX (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
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
No one has dared buy the old barrack because it belonged to an emigre who was thought to be harsh.