refugee

[ ref-yoo-jee, ref-yoo-jee ]
/ ˌrɛf yʊˈdʒi, ˈrɛf yʊˌdʒi /

noun

a person who flees for refuge or safety, especially to a foreign country, as in time of political upheaval, war, etc.

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Origin of refugee

1675–85; < French réfugié, past participle of réfugier to take refuge. See refuge, -ee

OTHER WORDS FROM refugee

ref·u·gee·ism, nounpro·ref·u·gee, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for refugee

refugee
/ (ˌrɛfjʊˈdʒiː) /

noun

  1. a person who has fled from some danger or problem, esp political persecutionrefugees from Rwanda
  2. (as modifier)a refugee camp; a refugee problem

Derived forms of refugee

refugeeism, noun
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