from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One that emigrates.
  • adjective Of or relating to emigrants or the act of emigrating.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In biology, one of a generation of parthenogenetic insects which migrate from the plant upon which they were born to a plant of another kind upon which they multiply.
  • Moving from one place or country to another for the purpose of settling there: as, an emigrant family: used with reference to the country from which the movement takes place. See immigrant.
  • Pertaining to emigration or emigrants: as, an emigrant ship.
  • noun One who removes his habitation from one place to another for settlement; specifically, one who quits one country or region to settle in another.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Removing from one country to another; emigrating.
  • adjective Pertaining to an emigrant; used for emigrants.
  • noun One who emigrates, or quits one country or region to settle in another.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Someone who leaves a country to settle in a new country.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun someone who leaves one country to settle in another


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • An emigrant is both trying to escape something and advance towards another thing at the same time.

    Mat Salleh Boleh!!!

  • An emigrant is both trying to escape something and advance towards another thing at the same time.

    Mat Salleh Boleh!!!

  • Sarah Brooks Sundberg has argued that the substantial contributions of prairie farm women as homemakers, home manufacturers, field hands, wage earners, and teachers was understated by the persistent image of "helpmates" in emigrant promotional literature in the late nineteenth century.

    Gutenber-e Help Page

  • New Trier Township High School on the well-to-do Chicago North Shore, enjoyed a national reputation, and, with a swimming pool, athletic fields, cafeteria, as well as excellent teachers, offered horizons unimaginable to the young emigrant from a small German town.

    Jack Steinberger - Autobiography

  • Around the word emigrant hovers the idea of distance; he comes from far-off countries, from a place which cannot be easily reached, or from which information concerning himself cannot be readily obtained.

    The Arena Volume 4, No. 22, September, 1891

  • Around the word emigrant or immigrant hovers always the idea of an exchange of habits, customs, and language of one country with those of another.

    The Arena Volume 4, No. 22, September, 1891

  • If the German emigrant is slightly superior in the industrial career, in politics he is a cipher by the side of the Irishman.

    The Decline of the Population of Ireland

  • After seven years 'exile, the hope of return grows feeble, the means are still less in our power, and our friends give up all hope of our return; their letters grow fewer and colder, their expressions of attachment are less vivid; the heart has formed new ties, and the poor emigrant is nearly forgotten.

    Roughing It in the Bush

  • In toasting "the women of Nebraska," at the collation, I said: "Here's to the mothers, who came hither by long, tedious journeys, closely packed with restless children in emigrant wagons, cooking the meals by day, and nursing the babies by night, while the men slept.

    Eighty Years and More: Reminiscences 1815-1897

  • The emigrant has been the theme of song and story.

    The Reminiscences of an Irish Land Agent


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.