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[im-i-gruh nt] /ˈɪm ɪ grənt/
a person who migrates to another country, usually for permanent residence.
an organism found in a new habitat.
of or relating to immigrants and immigration:
a department for immigrant affairs.
1780-90, Americanism; < Latin immigrant- (stem of immigrāns), present participle of immigrāre to move into. See im-1, migrant
Related forms
nonimmigrant, noun, adjective
Can be confused
emigrant, immigrant, migrant. Unabridged
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  • The miners, by now nearly all immigrants, were being ruthlessly exploited.
  • All four of her grandparents were german immigrants, and at least one ancestor was dutch.
  • The situation is complicated by the fact one of the immigrants managed to flee.
  • There were a lot of outside investors, immigrants and railways.
  • Many of the immigrants worked as laborers on the transcontinental railroad.
  • Some of the new immigrants were war brides, who were soon joined by their families.
  • Soon after, many immigrants began arriving in the area to settle.
  • The tolerance displayed by the ottomans was welcomed by the immigrants.
  • Many of its students are first and second generation immigrants.
  • A flourishing economy brought residents from rural communities and immigrants abroad.
British Dictionary definitions for immigrants


  1. a person who comes to a country in order to settle there Compare emigrant
  2. (as modifier): an immigrant community
an animal or plant that lives or grows in a region to which it has recently migrated
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Word Origin and History for immigrants



"one who immigrates," 1792, in an American context, from French immigrant, from Latin immigrantem (nominative immigrans), present participle of immigrare (see immigrate). Emigrant is older. As an adjective from 1805.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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