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[mahy-gruh nt] /ˈmaɪ grənt/
migrating, especially of people; migratory.
a person or animal that migrates.
Also called migrant worker. a person who moves from place to place to get work, especially a farm laborer who harvests crops seasonally.
Origin of migrant
1665-75; < Latin migrant- (stem of migrāns), present participle of migrāre. See migrate, -ant
Related forms
nonmigrant, adjective, noun
unmigrant, adjective
Can be confused
emigrant, immigrant, migrant. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for migrant
  • It isn't for nothing that creative writers have been called the migrant workers of the word harvest.
  • But big migrant flows are mostly between nearby countries.
  • Migration: medium- to long-distance trans-Gulf migrant.
  • We worked for a while as migrant farm laborers, and then three of us-three families-bought a farm.
  • The demand has moved to a different model of educator-scholars: educational migrant workers.
  • Tens of millions of people-students, white-collar city-dwellers and rural migrant workers-head home for family reunions.
  • Migration: not a migrant in the true sense, in that individuals are not known to return to breeding or wintering grounds.
  • During the summer migrant workers arrive to harvest the vegetables.
  • The economic slowdown has driven migrant workers home, increasing populations in affected areas.
  • Discusses the two authors as key examples of migrant and exiled writers who create hybrid worlds.
British Dictionary definitions for migrant


a person or animal that moves from one region, place, or country to another
an itinerant agricultural worker who travels from one district to another
(mainly Austral)
  1. an immigrant, esp a recent one
  2. (as modifier): a migrant hostel
moving from one region, place, or country to another; migratory
Word Origin
C17: from Latin migrāre to change one's abode
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Word Origin and History for migrant

1670s, from Latin migrantem (nominative migrans), present participle of migrare "to remove, depart, to move from one place to another" (see migration).


"person who migrates," 1760, from migrant (adj.).

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