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

  • n. One that moves from one region to another by chance, instinct, or plan.
  • n. An itinerant worker who travels from one area to another in search of work.
  • adj. Migratory.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A migratory bird or other animal.
  • n. Traveller or worker who moves from one region or country to another.
  • adj. Migratory.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Migratory.
  • n. A migratory bird, person, or other animal.
  • n. A person who changes residence frequently in search of employment, especially farm labor, such as harvesting crops seasonally; also called migrant laborer or migrant worker. Sometimes the migrant worker is not a resident of the country in which the work is performed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Changing place; migratory.
  • n. One who migrates; a wanderer.
  • n. In zoology, specifically, a migratory animal, as a bird.

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

  • adj. habitually moving from place to place especially in search of seasonal work
  • n. traveler who moves from one region or country to another


Latin migrāns, migrant-, present participle of migrāre, to migrate; see migrate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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