- a person who leaves one place or country, esp a native country, to settle in another
- (as modifier): an emigrant worker
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- a person who emigrates, as from his or her native country or region:They welcomed the emigrants from Italy.
- Latin ēmīgrant- (stem of ēmīgrāns) moving away (present participle of ēmīgrāre), equivalent. to ē- e- + mīgrant- (mīgr- remove + -ant- -ant)
- 1745–55, American.
- to leave one country or region to settle in another; migrate:My grandmother emigrated from Russia in 1930.
e•mi•gra•tion /ˌɛmɪˈgreɪʃən/USA pronunciation n. [countable; uncountable]See -migr-.
emigrate is a verb, emigrant and émigré are nouns:They emigrated from their home country. They were emigrants. They were émigrés from eastern Europe. See immigrate.
v.i., -grat•ed, -grat•ing.
- to leave one country or region to settle in another;
migrate:to emigrate from Ireland to Australia.
- Latin ēmīgrātus moved away (past participle of ēmīgrāre), equivalent. to ē- e- + mīgrātus (mīgr- remove + ātus -ate1)