- a person who flees for refuge or safety, especially to a foreign country, as in time of political upheaval, war, etc.
- political refugee.
Origin of refugee
Related Words for refugeeforeigner, alien, exile, expatriate, emigrant, evacuee, castaway, renegade, deserter, foundling, outlaw, fugitive, outcast, defector, escapee, leper, prodigal, maroon, derelict, runaway
Examples from the Web for refugee
Contemporary Examples of refugee
In 1996, Bourjerdi was granted political asylum and went to Australia as a refugee.The Sydney Astrologer Turned Islamic Radical
December 16, 2014
The refugee stories are compelling at first, but horrific details are numbing.Inside the Smuggling Networks Flooding Europe with Refugees
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 15, 2014
Today, she and her family are among the 13,500 Syrian refugee families living in Concern-supported housing in northern Lebanon.Drawing on the Memories of Syrian Women
November 26, 2014
Refugee camps played a crucial role during the Second Intifada.
“The situation is no longer under control,” says Ehab, a resident of al-Amari refugee camp outside Ramallah.
Historical Examples of refugee
Some said his father was a Russian refugee, his mother a Mongol woman.
He had no wish to provoke a conflict, but he had no thought of surrendering the refugee.Billy Topsail & Company
His father was a refugee from France, and desired to let a part of his house.Shawl-Straps
Louisa M. Alcott
Never mind, I'll pay you as much as a refugee—within reason.Greener Than You Think
Mr. Grindrod and I engaged in reading together "The Refugee."A Journey to America in 1834
- a person who has fled from some danger or problem, esp political persecutionrefugees from Rwanda
- (as modifier)a refugee camp; a refugee problem
Word Origin and History for refugee
1680s, from French refugié, noun use of past participle of refugier "to take shelter, protect," from Old French refuge (see refuge). First applied to French Huguenots who migrated after the revocation (1685) of the Edict of Nantes. The word meant "one seeking asylum," till 1914, when it evolved to mean "one fleeing home" (first applied in this sense to civilians in Flanders heading west to escape fighting in World War I). In Australian slang from World War II, reffo.