com·​pa·​tri·​ot | \ kəm-ˈpā-trē-ət , käm-, -trē-ˌät, chiefly British -ˈpa-\

Definition of compatriot

1 : a person born, residing, or holding citizenship in the same country as another We watched our compatriots compete in the Olympics.
2 : companion, colleague her compatriots in academia theater compatriots

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compatriotic \ kəm-​ˌpā-​trē-​ˈä-​tik , ˌkäm-​ , chiefly British  -​ˌpa-​ \ adjective

Synonyms for compatriot


countryman, landsman

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Examples of compatriot in a Sentence

We watched our compatriots compete in the Olympics. the famous actor and his theater compatriots

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Since 1971, Malays have enjoyed preferential treatment over their Chinese compatriots in everything from schooling and housing to government jobs and access to capital. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "Racial Preferences Aren’t Only an American Problem," 11 Dec. 2018 Instead, floodwaters trapped them for more than a week — until they were saved by compatriots who had flown in to rescue them. Mike Ives, New York Times, "5 Cave Rescues That Worked: Thailand Can Find Hope in Past Success," 3 July 2018 The legendary Argentine icon alone displayed all the emotions felt by his compatriots all around the world that evening., "Papering Over the Cracks: Why Argentina's Win Over Nigeria Won't Inspire La Celeste to WC Glory," 28 June 2018 The Olympic champion touched home in 58.84 seconds at the Gold Coast aquatics center, with his compatriot James Wilby taking silver and South Africa's Cameron van der Burgh bronze. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "Adam Peaty and Chad le Clos win gold on record-breaking night," 7 Apr. 2018 If her schedule permits, Kim might be able to take in a musical performance by her compatriots in Seoul on Sunday. CBS News, "Mike Pence doesn't stand for North Korea athletes during opening ceremonies," 9 Feb. 2018 Out of nine of her compatriots, several are still behind bars. Michele Aboud, Glamour, "Saudi Arabia Was the Last Place in the World to Allow Women to Drive. Manal al-Sharif Helped Change That.," 5 Nov. 2018 Odyssey, though, is notable for just having more of just about everything than most of its compatriots. Daniel Starkey, Ars Technica, "Assassin’s Creed Odyssey," 4 Oct. 2018 Yet New York’s top universities compare better with their compatriots than London’s do with theirs. The Economist, "London has excellent universities—but unhappy students," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of compatriot

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for compatriot

French compatriote, from Late Latin compatriota, from Latin com- + Late Latin patriota fellow countryman — more at patriot

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English Language Learners Definition of compatriot

: a person from the same country as someone else
US : a friend or colleague : someone who belongs to the same group or organization as someone else


com·​pa·​tri·​ot | \ kəm-ˈpā-trē-ət \

Kids Definition of compatriot

: a person from the same country as someone else

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to deny responsibility for

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