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[em-i-grey; French ey-mee-grey] /ˈɛm ɪˌgreɪ; French eɪ miˈgreɪ/
noun, plural émigrés
[em-i-greyz; French ey-mee-grey] /ˈɛm ɪˌgreɪz; French eɪ miˈgreɪ/ (Show IPA)
an emigrant, especially a person who flees from his or her native land because of political conditions.
a person who fled from France because of opposition to or fear of the revolution that began in 1789.
1785-95; < French: noun use of past participle of émigrer < Latin ēmīgrāre to emigrate Unabridged
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Examples for emigres
  • But if you haven't seen this thriving community of emigres, that isn't an oversight.
  • Well, quite a large number of refugees and emigres have already left the country in the past several years.
  • She grew up as one of five sisters all of whom would marry exceptional emigres.
British Dictionary definitions for emigres


/ˈɛmɪˌɡreɪ; French emiɡre/
an emigrant, esp one forced to leave his native country for political reasons
Word Origin
C18: from French, from émigrer to emigrate
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Word Origin and History for emigres
1792, from Fr. émigré, pp. of émigrer "emigrate," from L. emigrare (see emigration). Originally used of royalist refugees from the French Revolution.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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