Origin of refugeeFrench réfugié, past participle of réfugier from Classical Latin refugere: see refuge
The woman is a refugee and hopes to find a safer place to live for herself and her family.
An example of a refugee is a person who seeks safety from religious persecution by going to a new country.
Origin of refugeeFrench réfugié from past participle of réfugier to take refuge from Old French from refuge refuge ; see refuge .
- A person seeking refuge in a foreign country out of fear of political persecution or the prospect of such persecution in his home country, i.e., a person seeking a political asylum.
- A person seeking refuge in a foreign country due to poverty and no prospect of overcoming said poverty in his home country, i.e., a person seeking an economic asylum.
- A person seeking refuge due to a natural disaster.
- A person formally granted a political or economic asylum by a country other than his home country.
(third-person singular simple present refugees, present participle refugeeing, simple past and past participle refugeed)
- (US, historical) To convey (slaves) away from the advance of the federal forces.
- He also conquered the land of Asnunnak and carried off from Padan a stela belonging to a refugee from Malatia.
- We had another refugee wander into the town today, Kelli said, motioning to Lana.
- Gouverneur Morris's father, Lewis Morris (1698-1762), closed a long public career as judge of the vice-admiralty court of New York; his mother was descended from a French Protestant refugee, who had come to America to escape the persecution of Louis XIV.
- Another department taken in hand was that of education; and the success which attended the opening of schools in the refugee camps was most striking.
- It may be said to begin with the arrival in 1620 of a small company including William Brewster, elder of the refugee church in Leiden, which founded Plymouth in the modern Massachusetts in the winter of that year.