Definition of evacuee in English:



  • A person evacuated from a place of danger to somewhere safe.

    • ‘You can go on a virtual tour of a model house or read correspondence from wartime evacuees.’
    • ‘Most of the evacuees have been taken on buses to the various states outside the country.’
    • ‘I am therefore calling again on the Governor and the Government to pay the rent for the evacuees to live in proper accommodation.’
    • ‘As the tens of thousands of evacuees start looking for ways to put their lives back together, a lot of questions arise.’
    • ‘Children are able to take on the roles of evacuees, undertaking a variety of war-time tasks such as darning socks or making rag rugs.’
    • ‘Hundreds of thousands of evacuees and refugees need urgent help to pay for basic necessities.’
    • ‘They are evacuees who have taken refuge at the Southern University shelter here.’
    • ‘Houston, of course, is where thousands of New Orleans evacuees have ended up.’
    • ‘Brown is right to emphasise the wartime context of the story, for the four young evacuees discover an occupied country on the other side of the wardrobe.’
    • ‘In country areas other women received evacuees and refugees, not always hospitably, into their homes.’
    • ‘Amid the discomforts of his passage the author reflects on or trawls his past, his sorrows and betrayals, his experience as a wartime evacuee.’
    • ‘An effort is under way to protect former evacuees from making ghastly discoveries as they return to their homes.’
    • ‘The computer program is being set up so homeowners can screen evacuees.’
    • ‘All of the good hearts around this country that take in evacuees and who provide as much as they can to those who need it in the wake of a disaster.’
    • ‘Federal officials early in the day said that no evacuees would come to Iowa, although the state had offered to accommodate up to 5,000.’
    • ‘Potentially thousands of students and scholars have become evacuees and refugees.’
    • ‘It is the second upheaval that Mann, herself a wartime evacuee to Canada and then America, concentrates on - and emotional stuff it is, too.’
    • ‘Almost 100 evacuees are still in temporary refuge centres in Whakatane and Opotiki.’
    • ‘The bacteria are feared to have migrated to crowded shelters outside the state, where many evacuees are staying.’
    • ‘A bus full of evacuees from a nursing home in suburban Houston in an enclave in Houston died in a horrible accident.’
    pariah, persona non grata, reject, leper, untouchable
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Early 20th century (originally in the French form): from French évacué, past participle of évacuer, from Latin evacuare (see evacuate).