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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.

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. Sigmar Gabriel:

    Finally there are concrete steps toward a joint European refugee policy.

  2. Lual Mayen:

    You don't have to be a charity to change the world. You can be an individual who is actually playing a video game, and you're helping somebody in a refugee camp, i want other refugees to understand that we're not here just to survive. We are also here to thrive.

  3. The Italian paper:

    A long-term refugee policy is required as the phenomenon is expected to last.

  4. Mark Takano:

    ( Donald Trump) showed very shallow knowledge of history by suggesting that maybe it was a correct thing to do to intern Japanese-Americans, the anti-refugee rhetoric that he has described on the campaign and has continued to use in his presidency made it clear to me that he has a set a tone in this country of intolerance.

  5. Madeleine Albright:

    I've been a refugee twice, once from the Nazis and we were in England, and then we came to the United States when the communists took over in Czechoslovakia. And I think that it is one of the most un-American things I've ever heard.

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