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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.
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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples for migrants
  • And since so many dragonflies stay put year-round, scientists say it's impossible to know for sure where the migrants go.
  • Millions of outdoor cats stalk exhausted migrants as they land.
  • These depend on seasoned migrants being able to learn from experience.
  • Migration: one of the late-fall and early-spring migrants.
  • The northbound migrants likely ride the warm fronts blowing from the south.
  • Migration: resident birds complicate detection of migrants in some areas.
  • The problem now is that thousands of migrants are entering a dangerous wilderness one that they can't cross on their own.
  • The migrants board rickety boats in the dark, taking orders from inexperienced seamen.
  • Thanks to its multiculturalism, the city is a choice shopping destination for both vacationers and migrants.
  • But its even more complicated as its likely the migrants may have settled and mixed with locals everywhere they stopped off.
British Dictionary definitions for migrants


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 migrants
1672, from L. migrantem (nom. migrans), prp. of migrare "to move from one place to another" (see migration). The noun meaning "person who migrates" is first recorded 1670.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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