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immigrant

[im-i-gruh nt] /ˈɪm ɪ grənt/
noun
1.
a person who migrates to another country, usually for permanent residence.
2.
an organism found in a new habitat.
adjective
3.
of or pertaining to immigrants and immigration:
a department for immigrant affairs.
Origin
1780-1790
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.
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Examples for immigrant
  • Both the immigrant population and the social use of opium fell into decline.
British Dictionary definitions for immigrant

immigrant

/ˈɪmɪɡrənt/
noun
1.
  1. a person who comes to a country in order to settle there Compare emigrant
  2. (as modifier) an immigrant community
2.
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 immigrant
immigrant
"one who immigrates," 1792, in an Amer.Eng. context, from L. immigrantem, prp. of immigrare (see immigrate). Emigrant is older.
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