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

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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Far from being rare alternatives to the lone microbe swimming in a flask or sprawled in a Petri dish, 99.9 percent of the simple cells called prokaryotes default to living in close quarters among millions of their compatriots. Carrie Arnold, Quanta Magazine, "Building Codes for Bacterial Cities," 25 July 2017 But hindsight—and documentaries—are often 2020, and as each of Ocasio-Cortez’s compatriots suffer crushing losses in their own districts, their pain is a necessary corrective to any certainty AOC’s march to the finish might convey. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Knock Down the House Reminds Us that AOC's Triumph Almost Wasn't," 3 May 2019 On Sunday, the Americans’ competition will include three-time NYC champion and 2017 runner-up Mary Keitany of Kenya, and her compatriot Vivian Cheruiyot, the reigning London Marathon champion. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "Now Starring on Marathon Podiums: American Women," 2 Nov. 2018 Fighting under the pseudonym Pedro, Herrera tricked her compatriots by tucking away her braids and wearing men’s clothing. Teen Vogue, "Mexican Revolutionary Petra Herrera Posed as a Man to Fight for Her Country," 1 Apr. 2019 Giving the ball out wide to Carvajal, the compatriots linked up as Asensio received the ball in acres of space inside the box, before placing his shot past Ulreich with ease to snatch two away goals., "Bayern Munich 1-2 Real Madrid: Visitors Take Advantage of Wasteful Bavarians With Smash and Grab Win," 25 Apr. 2018 Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge won the men's race with a time of 2:04:17, just 80 seconds off the world record, while his compatriot Vivian Cheruiyot came in first among the elite women, crossing the line in a personal best time of 2:18:31. Judith Vonberg, CNN, "UK Masterchef contestant dies in London Marathon," 23 Apr. 2018 Sancia and a group of compatriots band together to try and stop the plot, and Bennett weaves together several characters to lay out an enthralling heist and battle to prevent their enemies actions from being carried out. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Foundryside is a cyberpunk adventure wrapped in an epic fantasy novel," 23 Dec. 2018 Dicko was inspired to take up judo watching the exploits of compatriot Audrey Tcheuméo on television at the London 2012 Olympics. Henry Young, CNN, "Why French judoka Romane Dicko is more than just 'female Teddy Riner'," 7 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
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) \

Kids Definition of compatriot

: a person from the same country as someone else

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