Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “fugitive”

See all translations

fugitive

noun [C] uk   /ˈfjuː.dʒɪ.tɪv/ us    /-t̬ɪv/
a person who is running away or hiding from the police or a dangerous situation: Thousands of fugitives are fleeing from the war-torn area. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were fugitives from justice (= they ran away to avoid being tried in court).

fugitive

adjective uk   /ˈfjuː.dʒɪ.tɪv/ us    /-t̬ɪv/

fugitive adjective (TEMPORARY)

formal (especially of thoughts or feelings) lasting for only a short time: a fugitive impression
Synonym

fugitive adjective (PERSON)

[before noun] relating to a fugitive: Fugitive families who have fled the fighting in the cities are now trying to survive in the mountains.
Translations of “fugitive”
in Spanish fugitivo…
in French fugitif/-ive…
in German der Flüchtling…
in Chinese (Traditional) 逃亡者,逃犯, 難民…
in Russian беглец, беженец…
in Turkish kaçak…
in Chinese (Simplified) 逃亡者,逃犯, 难民…
in Polish uciekinier/ka, zbieg…
(Definition of fugitive from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of fugitive?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “fugitive” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

be as cold as ice

to be extremely cold

Word of the Day

Let’s celebrate! (words and phrases for parties)

by Kate Woodford,
December 17, 2014
​​​ With Christmas and New Year almost upon us, we thought it a good time to look at the language of parties and celebrations. First, let’s start with the word ‘party’ itself. To have or throw a party or, less commonly, to give a party is to arrange a party: We’re having a

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More