[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. migmatite,
  2. mignon,
  3. mignonette,
  4. mignonne,
  5. migraine,
  6. migrate,
  7. migrating abscess,
  8. migration,
  9. migration inhibition test,
  10. migratory

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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British Dictionary definitions for migrant


/ (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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