(This piece was originally written for a creative nonfiction class, and is taken from the definition of “immigrant” in the Miriam-Webster dictionary)
im·mi·grant | \ ˈi-mə-grənt
Definition of immigrant
: one that immigrates: such as
a : a person who comes to a country to take up permanent residence
b : a plant or animal that [becomes established in an area where it was previously unknown]
c : [Someone growing up out of place between different cultures]
d : [Expected to assimilate into the dominant culture, detached from their own.]
e : [A political target, an “issue” for politicians]
f : [Someone with internalized feelings of otherness in the dominant culture.]
g : [An other]
h : [An other]
i : [An other]
Other Words from immigrant
Synonyms & Antonyms for immigrant
emigrant, émigré (also emigré), in-migrant, incomer, migrant, out-migrant, settler [other, drug dealer, terrorist, demographic threat, vermin, infestation, weird, different, invader, NOT AMERICAN, “Yeah but where are you from?”]
nonimmigrant white, American, a native, a full citizen, default.
immigrant or emigrant?
Both of these words come from the Latin migrare (“to move from one place to another”), and both have definitions in English that hew closely to their etymological roots, but there is a definite difference between how you would use each one. Emigrant is used in reference to the country that has been left (“an emigrant from Canada”), while immigrant is used in reference the country that one is destined for (“an immigrant to Spain”).
The children of immigrants. Or is that “second generation?” Where do I fit in this definition? In this country? In my own culture? Is it really “my” culture if I didn’t live there very long?
Examples of immigrant in a Sentence
Millions of immigrants came to America from Europe in the 19th century.
The city has a large immigrant population.
Immigrants (or rather their labor) are a valuable part of the economy.
Immigrants contribute food and culture to our society. (But they still don’t belong because “WHERE ARE YOU REALY FROM?”)
Many Muslim immigrants faced heightened scrutiny and attacks in the aftermath of 9/11.
I have faced identity issues from a young age because of the fact that I am a Turkish-American immigrant and immigrants like me weren’t represented in much of the media I consumed.
There have been moments where I was made to be very cognizant of my status as an immigrant.
The Fox News pundit made a thinly veiled attack on immigrants from non-white countries.
Immigrants should just relax and give our new president a chance!
The president of the United States signed an executive order banning immigrants from certain Muslim countries.
America is a nation of immigrants.
I am an immigrant.