[ im-i-gruh nt ]
/ ˈɪm ɪ grənt /


a person who migrates to another country, usually for permanent residence.
an organism found in a new habitat.


of or relating to immigrants and immigration: a department for immigrant affairs.

Origin of immigrant

1780–90, Americanism; < Latin immigrant- (stem of immigrāns), present participle of immigrāre to move into. See im-1, migrant

Related forms

non·im·mi·grant, noun, adjective

Can be confused

emigrant immigrant migrant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for immigrant

British Dictionary definitions for immigrant


/ (ˈɪmɪɡrənt) /


  1. a person who comes to a country in order to settle thereCompare emigrant
  2. (as modifier)an immigrant community
an animal or plant that lives or grows in a region to which it has recently migrated
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