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[em-i-gruh nt] /ˈɛm ɪ grənt/
a person who emigrates, as from his or her native country or region:
They welcomed the emigrants from Italy.
Synonyms: émigré, expatriate.
1745-55, Americanism; < Latin ēmīgrant- (stem of ēmīgrāns) moving away (present participle of ēmīgrāre), equivalent to ē- e-1 + mīgrant- (mīgr- remove + -ant- -ant)
Related forms
nonemigrant, noun, adjective
unemigrant, adjective
Can be confused
emigrant, immigrant, migrant. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for emigrants
  • The world beholds the peaceful triumphs of the industry of our emigrants.
  • Such emigrants have done much to promote the growth and prosperity of the country.
  • They were given into the care of three armed coyotes who guide emigrants across the border.
  • Of course, in the short-run, poor countries can get many remittances from those emigrants.
  • What is plain, however, is the importance to several countries of emigrants' remittances.
  • With rapid growth in their own economies, wages back home rise too, and the supply of emigrants will eventually drop.
  • But these emigrants are now causing problems far beyond the border.
  • They specifically pick only those weirdo emigrants which are not representative at all.
  • Every point of vantage was seized, and some scores of emigrants were clinging to the rigging.
  • emigrants carved their names in the rocks surrounding the spring, and many of these carvings are still visible.
British Dictionary definitions for emigrants


  1. a person who leaves one place or country, esp a native country, to settle in another Compare immigrant
  2. (as modifier): an emigrant worker
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Word Origin and History for emigrants



1754, from Latin emigrantem (nominative emigrans), present participle of emigrare (see emigration).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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