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Definitions of Refugee

  1. (noun) A person that flees a country out of fear for their safety either for economic or political reasons or due to a natural disaster.
  2. (noun) A person granted or seeking asylum in a country other than their own.

Example of Refugee

  • Definition 1:
    • A political dissident that is afraid of retribution from the government, such as Albert Einstein (1879–1955) who fled Germany and settled in the United States when Adolf Hitler (1889–1945) rose to power.

Refugee Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: ref·u·gee

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /ref-yu-jEE/
  • British English – /re-fyu-jEE/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈrɛfjuʤi/
  • British English – /ˌrɛfju(ː)ˈʤiː/

Usage Note

  • Plural: refugees

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Works Consulted

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The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. 5th ed. 2011. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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Cite the Definition of Refugee

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “refugee.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved February 5, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/refugee/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

refugee. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/refugee/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “refugee.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed February 5, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/refugee/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“refugee.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 5 Feb. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/refugee/>.