com·​pa·​tri·​ot | \ kəm-ˈpā-trē-ət How to pronounce compatriot (audio) , 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 How to pronounce compatriotic (audio) , ˌkäm-​ , chiefly British  -​ˌpa-​ \ adjective

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Some officials, including the Communist Party chief of Wuhan, have taken notice and urged Chinese not to treat their compatriots with scorn. Gerry Shih, Washington Post, "In China’s virus-hit heartland, fear and loathing on the road to Wuhan," 5 Feb. 2020 Tyler, the Creator was obviously excited to win his very first Grammy on Sunday night, taking home best rap album for Igor and giving a jubilant acceptance speech flanked by his sobbing mom and his Odd Future compatriot Jasper Dolphin. Katie Atkinson, Billboard, "Tyler, the Creator Calls Out Grammy Categories: 'Urban' Is Just 'A Politically Correct Way to Say the N-Word'," 26 Jan. 2020 Deng, who studied in France as a youth, had cosmopolitan tastes but was also intensely nationalistic, and eager to find success stories that could prove to the world that his compatriots could match the accomplishments of the West. Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom, WSJ, "‘The Shenzhen Experiment’ Review: Building Up a ‘Fishing Village’," 22 Jan. 2020 Taiwanese often remark that living in China tends to make their compatriots more patriotic. The Economist, "China tries to deepen economic ties with Taiwan yet more," 7 Nov. 2019 This is true of all my compatriot wineries in Oregon. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Trump’s import tariffs could cripple Oregon’s wine industry, limiting consumer choices, while sending prices soaring," 15 Jan. 2020 The Spaniard replaces compatriot Unai Emery, who was shown the Emirates exit door at the end of November after just 18 months in charge following the club's longest winless run since 1992. Matias Grez, CNN, "Arsenal appoints former player Mikel Arteta as head coach," 20 Dec. 2019 The following day, Kipchoge’s compatriot Brigid Kosgei set a new women’s world record, at the Chicago Marathon. Murat Oztaskin, The New Yorker, "An Octogenarian Laces Up Her Sneakers for the New York City Marathon," 30 Oct. 2019 Marquinhos replaced Brazilian compatriot Thiago Silva for the second half and struck the crossbar with a header from a corner. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Mbappé returns, scores as PSG beats 9-man Nice 4-1," 18 Oct. 2019

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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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13 Feb 2020

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“Compatriot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce compatriot (audio) \

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: a person from the same country as someone else

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