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 compatriot (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 One his way to becoming the first Slovenian to ever triumph in the epic three-week race, Pogacar overtook the leader, his compatriot Primoz Roglic, in the penultimate stage to claim the yellow jersey. Steven Poole, CNN, "LeBron James, Naomi Osaka, and Lewis Hamilton shortlisted in Laureus Awards after year of athlete activism," 24 Feb. 2021 Stewart, a longtime Bundy compatriot, berated law enforcement for siding with the hospital instead of the protesters. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "Ammon Bundy, veteran of armed standoffs, builds militia network on COVID-19 backlash," 14 Feb. 2021 When a compatriot suggested Mr. Trump would be displeased, the first man disagreed. New York Times, "One Legacy of Impeachment: The Most Complete Account So Far of Jan. 6," 13 Feb. 2021 Neither did its compatriot at the other side of the intersection, which met the same fate a few seconds later. Alex Davies, Wired, "The Autonomous-Car Chaos of the 2004 Darpa Grand Challenge," 6 Jan. 2021 For both Frilot and her compatriot Jackson, Sundance’s mission of highlighting filmmakers' work has taken on new meaning in the midst of the pandemic. Angela Watercutter, Wired, "After 2020, Live Events Might Not Look the Same. Good!," 31 Dec. 2020 Like its larger compatriot, SMIC anticipated the U.S. action, stockpiling as much as 18 months’ worth of chemicals and other raw materials to keep its machines humming, people close to the company said., "How Chinese Chip Giant SMIC Can Evade Trump’s Newest Crackdown," 22 Dec. 2020 In 2015, Kim was in the final group with the eventual winner, Inbee Park, finishing five shots behind her compatriot. Ben Morse And Gawon Bae, CNN, "Inspired by BTS and the tradition of Tiger Woods: Meet first-time major winner Kim Sei-Young," 7 Dec. 2020 The Canadian singer wowed the judges with a cover of her compatriot's self-love anthem. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "10 Best 'AGT' Performances of 2020," 16 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of compatriot was in 1611

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1 Mar 2021

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“Compatriot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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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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