Definition of immigrant in English:


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  • 1A person who comes to live permanently in a foreign country.

    ‘he's a recent immigrant to the US from Germany’
    • ‘she was born in New York, the daughter of immigrant parents’
    • ‘immigrant workers’
    • ‘Another theme running through the huge demo was solidarity with refugees and immigrants.’
    • ‘Yet immigrant workers contribute £2.5 billion to the British economy every year.’
    • ‘These parties are not motivated by a defence of the right of immigrants to live where they choose.’
    • ‘Several immigrant workers drew parallels with their experiences in other countries.’
    • ‘MY great grandparents were all Polish immigrants who arrived in the 19th century in the East End of London.’
    • ‘The wave of German Jewish immigrants during the mid-nineteenth century represented the first major Jewish population explosion in America.’
    • ‘Politicians in Birmingham have warned that areas with large first-generation immigrant populations are particularly vulnerable to intimidation.’
    • ‘Their parents are often recent immigrants living in low-income communities.’
    • ‘During these three decades, only 7.5 million immigrants arrived, most after 1945.’
    • ‘Great variation exists in the ways community colleges have responded to the rising immigrant student population on their campuses.’
    • ‘As I expected, I found that all of the parents are immigrants to this country.’
    • ‘And right now, smuggling immigrants across those borders is a booming business.’
    • ‘When detained immigrants do find lawyers, confinement makes the detainees more difficult to represent.’
    • ‘My father was an immigrant who came over from Holland after the Nazi occupation.’
    • ‘Many immigrant workers died; they had supported entire families in their home countries.’
    • ‘Thousands of people have staged demonstrations across Spain in support of protesting immigrant workers.’
    • ‘She added that the government was wrong to exclude mainland immigrants from the draft, citing international law.’
    • ‘In Saxon terms, the Normans were second or third generation immigrants to Northern France.’
    • ‘The churches offered support and shelter to Central American immigrants.’
    • ‘Most of the work available to immigrants without legal papers is sporadic, and underemployment is a problem for many.’
    newcomer, settler, incomer, new arrival, migrant, emigrant
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    1. 1.1Biology An animal or plant living or growing in a region to which it has migrated.



/ˈiməɡrənt/ /ˈɪməɡrənt/


Late 18th century from Latin immigrant- ‘immigrating’, from the verb immigrare, on the pattern of emigrant.