Definition of


  1. (noun, person) an exile who flees for safety

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Alternate forms of Refugee

Hyponyms: displaced person, dp, stateless person

Hypernyms: exile, expat, expatriate

Origin of the word Refugee

  1. 1685, from Fr. refugi?, prop. pp. of refugier "to take shelter, protect," from O.Fr. refuge (see refuge). First applied to Fr. Huguenots who migrated after the revocation (1685) of the Edict of Nantes. The word meant "one seeking asylum," till 1914, when it evolved to mean "one fleeing home" (first applied in this sense to civilians in Flanders heading west… more

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