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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The former Liverpool winger only moved to Catalonia in January for £112m, filling the void left by his compatriot Neymar following his world record move to Paris., "PSG Hold Talks With Philippe Coutinho's Agent Ahead of World Record €270m Transfer," 9 July 2018 Sarri, a former banker, has been favourite to succeed his compatriot after impressing as manager of Serie A side Napoli, who have replaced him with former Chelsea handler Carlo Ancelotti. Pirate Irwin,, "Reports: Chelsea to fire Conte, replace him with Sarri imminently," 5 July 2018 Luc Belaire champagne has compiled an all-star lineup of hip-hop compatriots as global ambassadors, which include A Boogie, G Herbo, Dave East and Rick Ross, who joined the brand back in 2013. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Dave East Teams Up With Rick Ross for 'Fresh Prince of Belaire': Listen," 6 July 2018 Ronaldo and his compatriots received a traditional Russian welcome during a bread and salt ceremony upon arrival at their team base camp in Kratovo, a leafy village 40km southeast of Moscow. Afp,, "Ronaldo, Portugal arrive in Russia for World Cup," 9 June 2018 Until Saturday, Stephens was 6-0, including a rout of Madison Keys, her American compatriot and friend, in last year’s US Open final, where Stephens capped a remarkably speedy comeback from a foot operation. Christopher Clarey,, "Simona Halep beats Sloane Stephens to win the French Open," 9 June 2018 Provocations Salvini made his name with a series of provocative statements against migrants, Muslims and his own compatriots., "Populist Salvini’s Provocations Drive His Appeal Across Italy," 5 Mar. 2018 The world may consider Neymar to be spoiled, but his compatriots take pleasure in indulging him. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "The Annoying Genius Who Makes the World Cup Worth Watching," 5 July 2018 The solid foundation looks almost like a Beautyblender without the middle man, and like its compatriots, the range separates shades by undertones, which means the colors are more likely to be an exact match for your skin tone. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Lush Is Launching 40 Shades of Foundation — But There's a Catch," 26 June 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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