- The definition of a refugee is someone who quickly leaves their home or country, because of some sort of harm or disaster.
An example of a refugee is a person who seeks safety from religious persecution by going to a new country.
Origin of refugeeFrench réfugié, past participle of réfugier ; from Classical Latin refugere: see refuge
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.