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[ im-i-gruhnt ]


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


  1. of or relating to immigrants and immigration:

    a department for immigrant affairs.


/ ˈɪmɪɡrənt /


    1. a person who comes to a country in order to settle there Compare emigrant
    2. ( as modifier )

      an immigrant community

  1. an animal or plant that lives or grows in a region to which it has recently migrated

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  • non·immi·grant noun adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of immigrant1

An Americanism first recorded in 1780–90; from Latin immigrant-, stem of immigrāns “moving into,” present participle of immigrāre “to move into”; equivalent to im- 1 + migrant

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Example Sentences

Pauline Binam has come forward after a whistleblower complaint on hysterectomies of immigrant detainees in Georgia.

From Vox

Last Friday, lawyers filed a habeas petition in federal court asking that the woman be freed on supervised release and held in an immigrant shelter in El Paso.

Of the eight teams in the Eastern Midwest League from Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Michigan, immigrants last year made up 34 percent of the playing roster, though those four states have an average per capita immigrant population of just 5 percent.

From Ozy

I was assigned to read the book a couple of years after arriving as an immigrant kid from the Philippines.

From Fortune

Born in Manhattan in 1917 to a pair of poor Jewish immigrants from Russia, Sara Finkelstein was a real 20th-century thinkfluencer right from the start.

He was born in an apartment above the grocery store owned by his immigrant parents in South Jamaica, Queens.

None of these writers set out to write an “immigrant novel,” or to make political statements.

He was treated like an immigrant, working for minimum wage, missing his family and having to move on from his musical career.

Over the years, this country has offered many of its immigrant groups a remarkable opportunity for reinvention.

Former President Nicolas Sarkozy used it to cultivate right-wing anti-immigrant voters.

We assimilate anything white so quickly it is a wonder an immigrant remembers the native way of pronouncing his own name.

The old characteristics must needs hang about the newly-arrived immigrant.

So between boss and immigrant grows up a relation like that between a feudal lord and his vassals.

In return for the boss's help and protection, the immigrant gives regularly his vote.

If the immigrant is neither debauched nor misled, but votes his opinions, is he then an element of strength to us?