[mahy-gruh nt]
  1. a person or animal that migrates.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 formsnon·mi·grant, adjective, nounun·mi·grant, adjective
Can be confusedemigrant immigrant migrant
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Related Words for migrant-worker

emigrant, migrant, rover

British Dictionary definitions for migrant-worker


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



1670s, from Latin migrantem (nominative migrans), present participle of migrare "to remove, depart, to move from one place to another" (see migration).



"person who migrates," 1760, from migrant (adj.).

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