[ mahy-gruhnt ]
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  1. migrating, especially of people; migratory.

  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.

  1. 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

Other words from migrant

  • non·mi·grant, adjective, noun
  • un·mi·grant, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for migrant


/ (ˈmaɪɡrənt) /

  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

  1. mainly Australian

    • an immigrant, esp a recent one

    • (as modifier): a migrant hostel

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

Origin of migrant

C17: from Latin migrāre to change one's abode

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