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

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PATRIOT Defined for Kids


noun pa·tri·ot \ˈpā-trē-ət\

Definition of PATRIOT for Kids

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

Word Root of PATRIOT

The Latin word pater, meaning father, and the Greek word patēr give us the root pater or patr. Anyone or anything paternal, such as an aunt or uncle, is related to one's father. A patriarch is a father and ruler of a family or tribe. A patriot is a person who loves his or her fatherland or country. A patron is a person who gives support and approval for a project or artist, as fathers support and approve of their children.


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