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Definitions for refugee
ˌrɛf yʊˈdʒi, ˈrɛf yʊˌdʒirefugee

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. refugeenoun

    an exile who flees for safety


  1. refugeenoun

    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.

  2. refugeenoun

    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.

  3. refugeenoun

    A person seeking refuge due to a natural disaster.

  4. refugeenoun

    A person formally granted a political or economic asylum by a country other than his home country.

  5. Etymology: From réfugié, past participle of réfugier ("to take refuge"), describing early French protestants seeking refuge.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Refugeenoun

    One who flies to shelter or protection.

    Etymology: refugié, Fr.

    Poor refugees, at first they purchase here;
    And soon as denizen’d, they domineer. Dryden.

    This is become more necessary in some of their governments, since so many refugees settled among them. Addison.


  1. Refugee

    A refugee, conventionally speaking, is a person who has lost the protection of his or her country of origin and who cannot or is unwilling to return there due to well-founded fear of persecution. Such a person may be called an asylum seeker until granted refugee status by the contracting state or the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) if they formally make a claim for asylum.


  1. refugee

    A refugee is a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster. These individuals are typically unable to return home due to fear for their safety or because their homes have been destroyed. They often seek asylum or international protection in another country.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Refugeenoun

    one who flees to a shelter, or place of safety

  2. Refugeenoun

    especially, one who, in times of persecution or political commotion, flees to a foreign power or country for safety; as, the French refugees who left France after the revocation of the edict of Nantes

  3. Etymology: [F. rfugi, fr. se rfugier to take refuge. See Refuge, n.]


  1. Refugee

    A refugee is a person who is outside his or her country of origin or habitual residence because they have suffered persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or because they are a member of a persecuted 'social group' or because they are fleeing a war or natural disaster. Such a person may be called to as an 'asylum seeker' until recognized by the state where they make a claim. As of January 31, 2005, the largest source countries of refugees are Afghanistan, Iraq, Sierra Leone, Myanmar, South Sudan, and the Palestinian Territories. The country with the largest number of IDPs is South Sudan, with over 5 million. As of 2006, with 800,000 refugees and IDPs, Azerbaijan had the highest per capita IDP population in the world.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. refugee

    A person who owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his or her nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself or herself of the protection of that country. See also dislocated civilian; displaced person; evacuee; expellee; stateless person.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'refugee' in Nouns Frequency: #1470

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of refugee in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of refugee in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of refugee in a Sentence

  1. Aimee Ingabire:

    Growing up as a refugee in Congo was a daily hardship. My parents struggled to provide basic necessities for my four brothers and I. The stress of living as refugees eventually tore my family apart, my parents divorced in 2005, when I was only 7 years old.

  2. Thomas Bach:

    Having no national team to belong to, having no flag to march behind, having no national anthem to be played, these refugee athletes will be welcomed to the Olympic Games with the Olympic flag and with the Olympic anthem.

  3. Horst Seehofer:

    If the refugee numbers stay at 2015 levels, a budget with no new borrowing is hardly do-able.

  4. Jessica Poh-Janrell from CONCORD Sweden:

    We recognize the urgent nature of the current refugee crisis, but remain convinced that aid should be used to support development in third countries, the world's poorest should not foot the bill for the refugee costs in Europe.

  5. Henry Foner:

    I was a six-year-old refugee kid, and here I am giving a book I wrote, to honor my father, basically, to a member of the royal family, it's great honor for me to be able to say thank you, symbolically, to the British people who saved my life.

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