from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person who leaves one country to settle permanently in another.
  • n. A plant or animal that establishes itself in an area where it previously did not exist.
  • adj. Of or relating to immigrants or the act of immigrating.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or relating to immigrants or the act of immigrating.
  • n. A person who comes to a country from another country in order to permanently settle in the new country.
  • n. A plant or animal that establishes itself in an area where it previously did not exist.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who immigrates; one who comes to a country for the purpose of permanent residence; -- correlative of emigrant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Immigrating; having immigrated.
  • n. One who or that which immigrates, as a person, an animal, or a plant; specifically, a person who migrates into a country for the purpose of permanent residence: correlative to emigrant, as strictly used.

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

  • n. a person who comes to a country where they were not born in order to settle there


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