noun pa·tri·ot \ˈpā-trē-ət, -ˌät, chiefly British ˈpa-trē-ət\

: a person who loves and strongly supports or fights for his or her country

Full Definition of PATRIOT

:  one who loves his or her country and supports its authority and interests

Examples of PATRIOT

  1. He was a great patriot who devoted his life to serving his country.
  2. <the contention that true patriots would be willing to do anything for their country>

Origin of PATRIOT

Middle French patriote compatriot, from Late Latin patriota, from Greek patriōtēs, from patria lineage, from patr-, patēr father
First Known Use: 1605

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism


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