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

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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You, players, who in less than a few hours will be hailed as champions by millions of compatriots! Candace Rose Rardon, Longreads, "The Country Where Fútbol Comes First," 10 July 2018 After Antoine Griezmann's choice to remain at Atletico Madrid this summer, Las Blaugranas will be hoping that Lenglet doesn't follow in the footsteps of his compatriot., "Clement Lenglet's Agent Confirms Barcelona Target's Future Will Be Decided This Weekend," 29 June 2018 The move from Thursday night that came with the most resounding yes, in the eyes of Brown and his front office compatriots, was trading the 10th pick, Mikal Bridges, to Phoenix for Smith. Sarah Todd,, "Sixers' draft deals were made to set up chase for a star free agent," 22 June 2018 Race organizers also announced former world record holder and Kenyan compatriot Wilson Kipsang will also return to the race. Chris Chavez,, "Eliud Kipchoge Returns To Berlin Marathon In 2018 To Lower 2:03:05 Personal Best," 11 June 2018 After a brief rain delay on the par-4 16th hole at Kemper Lakes, Ryu's birdie try rolled past, and Park finished off her South Korean compatriot with a 10-footer. Andrew Seligman,, "Sung Hyun Park beats So Yeon Ryu, Nasa Hataoko in playoff to win KPMG Women's PGA," 1 July 2018 Carr applied for German citizenship after her compatriots narrowly voted in favor of Britain exiting from the 28-nation European Union in June 2016. Erik Kirschbaum,, "Britons living in Germany and elsewhere in Europe go for dual citizenship to guard against Brexit," 29 May 2018 The British rider, a two-time LGCT winner, has 131 points, ahead of his compatriot Ben Maher on 103 points. Aly Vance, CNN, "Hamburg 2018: Harrie Smolders on top of the world," 10 May 2018 Your charge is to fight to liberate the American frontier from the murderous cult, and your compatriots are the people Far Cry 5 imagines populate rural Montana: eccentric hunters, doomsday preppers, and gun-toting preachers. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "All Games Are Illusions, But Far Cry 5 Is Nothing More," 9 Apr. 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

: 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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