from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who flees in search of refuge, as in times of war, political oppression, or religious persecution.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person seeking refuge in a foreign country out of fear of political persecution or the prospect of such persecution in his home country, i.e., a person seeking a political asylum.
- n. A person seeking refuge in a foreign country due to poverty and no prospect of overcoming said poverty in his home country, i.e., a person seeking an economic asylum.
- n. A person seeking refuge due to a natural disaster.
- n. A person formally granted a political or economic asylum by a country other than his home country.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who flees to a shelter, or place of safety.
- n. Especially, one who, in times of persecution or political commotion, flees to a foreign power or country for safety.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who flees to a refuge or shelter or place of safety.
- n. One who in times of persecution or political commotion flees to a foreign country for safety.
- n. One of a band of marauders during the American Revolution: so called because they placed themselves under the refuge or protection of the British crown: same as cow-boy, 3.
- n. A unionist in the southern United States who, during the civil war, fled to the Northern States.
- To become a refugee; take refuge in another country; specifically, during the civil war in the United States, to take refuge in the Northern States: said of unionists in the Southern States.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an exile who flees for safety
French réfugié, from past participle of réfugier, to take refuge, from Old French, from refuge, refuge; see refuge.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French réfugié, past participle of réfugier ("to take refuge"), describing early French protestants seeking refuge. (Wiktionary)