adjective pa·tri·ot·ic \ˌpā-trē-ˈä-tik, chiefly British ˌpa-\

: having or showing great love and support for your country : having or showing patriotism

Full Definition of PATRIOTIC

:  inspired by patriotism
:  befitting or characteristic of a patriot
pa·tri·ot·i·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of PATRIOTIC

  1. A patriotic fervor swept the country.
  2. <hanging a flag outside one's home is a patriotic gesture>

First Known Use of PATRIOTIC


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PATRIOTICALLY Defined for Kids


adjective pa·tri·ot·ic \ˌpā-trē-ˈä-tik\

Definition of PATRIOTIC for Kids

:  having or showing love that a person feels for his or her country


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