Definition of refugee in English:

refugee

noun

  • A person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster.

    ‘tens of thousands of refugees fled their homes’
    as modifier ‘a refugee camp’
    • ‘Amnesty International has called on countries to stop sending refugees back there.’
    • ‘Most of the major unions have now passed policies supporting the rights of refugees.’
    • ‘As a refugee, he can be deported only if he is a danger to national security or to the community.’
    • ‘Many people are leaving the refugee camps for fear of disease, camping out in the ruins of their homes.’
    • ‘They could then face deportation even though they have been recognised as refugees.’
    • ‘We hear next to nothing of the refugee camps, the economic and social embargoes and the massacres.’
    • ‘They want to present a picture of refugees getting much better services than other people.’
    • ‘Every one of the refugees had a harrowing story of why they had been driven to flee the homes they loved.’
    • ‘We are always being told about how many asylum seekers and refugees are coming to this country.’
    • ‘The experience of refugees in British society has given rise to a number of plays in recent years.’
    • ‘As we got closer, we realised that it was a bus stand that had been turned into a refugee camp.’
    • ‘The government could have chosen to challenge the persistent lies about refugees.’
    • ‘This man was a Russian refugee whose family was used as forced labor by the Nazis.’
    displaced person, dp, escapee, fugitive, asylum seeker, runaway, exile, émigré, stateless person, outcast, returnee
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Origin

Late 17th century: from French réfugié ‘gone in search of refuge’, past participle of ( se) réfugier, from refuge (see refuge).

Pronunciation

refugee

/rɛfjʊˈdʒiː/