[ mahy-gruh nt ]
/ ˈmaɪ grənt /


migrating, especially of people; migratory.


a person or animal that migrates.
a person who attempts to permanently relocate to a new country, but who may be subject to removal by the government of that country: undocumented migrants;unaccompanied child migrants. Compare immigrant.
Also called migrant worker. a person who moves from place to place to get work, especially a farm laborer who harvests crops seasonally.

Origin of migrant

1665–75; < Latin migrant- (stem of migrāns), present participle of migrāre. See migrate, -ant

Related forms

non·mi·grant, adjective, nounun·mi·grant, adjective

Can be confused

emigrant immigrant migrant
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British Dictionary definitions for migrant-worker


/ (ˈmaɪɡrənt) /


a person or animal that moves from one region, place, or country to another
an itinerant agricultural worker who travels from one district to another
mainly Australian
  1. an immigrant, esp a recent one
  2. (as modifier)a migrant hostel


moving from one region, place, or country to another; migratory

Word Origin for migrant

C17: from Latin migrāre to change one's abode
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