- 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: Fr réfugié, past participle of réfugier from Classical Latin refugere: see refuge
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Origin: French réfugié, from past participle of réfugier, to take refuge, from Old French, from refuge, refuge; see refuge.