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migrant

[mahy-gruh nt] /ˈmaɪ grənt/
adjective
1.
migrating, especially of people; migratory.
noun
2.
a person or animal that migrates.
3.
Also called migrant worker. a person who moves from place to place to get work, especially a farm laborer who harvests crops seasonally.
Origin
1665-1675
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.
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British Dictionary definitions for migrant-worker

migrant

/ˈmaɪɡrənt/
noun
1.
a person or animal that moves from one region, place, or country to another
2.
an itinerant agricultural worker who travels from one district to another
3.
(mainly Austral)
  1. an immigrant, esp a recent one
  2. (as modifier) a migrant hostel
adjective
4.
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-worker

migrant

adj.

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

n.

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

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