[em-i-grey; French ey-mee-grey]

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.

Origin of émigré

1785–95; < French: noun use of past participle of émigrer < Latin ēmīgrāre to emigrate
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Examples from the Web for emigres

Historical Examples of emigres

  • The marquis and his family had been among the first emigres at the outbreak of the Revolution.

    Lucretia, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • He was all-powerful in Montaignac; and I was accused of being in correspondence with the emigres.

    The Honor of the Name

    Emile Gaboriau

  • The priests had followed the "emigres" into their long exile.

    The Story of Mankind

    Hendrik van Loon

  • Madame de Ventadour had been in England in her childhood, for her parents had been emigres.

    Ernest Maltravers, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Fouche relied on the co-operation of the emigres everywhere beyond the Rhine to lure the Duc d'Enghien into the plot.

    An Historical Mystery

    Honore de Balzac

British Dictionary definitions for emigres



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 emigres



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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