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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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  • 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
n.

"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.

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