- 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 refugeesforeigner, alien, exile, expatriate, emigrant, evacuee, castaway, renegade, deserter, foundling, outlaw, fugitive, outcast, defector, escapee, leper, prodigal, maroon, derelict, runaway
Examples from the Web for refugees
Contemporary Examples of refugees
Instead, spa hotels filled up with over 30,000 refugees from the war-troubled Donbas region of eastern Ukraine.Is Putin Turning to Terrorism in Ukraine?
January 6, 2015
Some refugees wait for days on the ships before setting sail.
They are not the actual traffickers, Yazbek says, so generally the other refugees protect their identity.
Yazbek tells The Daily Beast that the traffickers guarantee their service, and they treat the Syrian refugees with respect.
The Daily Beast has followed some of the refugees who landed in Sicily a month ago.
Historical Examples of refugees
Among all the refugees, there is not one more loyal to the backbone than we.Old News
The refugees were done; the pirates had unsheathed their knives for the butcher's work.The House Under the Sea
Sir Max Pemberton
Food, through Jewel's care, had been served out to the refugees.Lord Jim
The house has been full of refugees—Fairfaxes and Fauntleroys.The Long Roll
This is a small pamphlet written by the son of one of the refugees.Old Fort Snelling
Marcus L. Hansen
- 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 refugees
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.
People who flee a nation, often to escape punishment for their political affiliations or for political dissent.