compatriot

noun com·pa·tri·ot \ kəm-ˈpā-trē-ət , käm- , -trē-ˌät , chiefly British -ˈpa- \
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

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

compatriotic

play \kəm-ˌpā-trē-ˈä-tik, ˌkäm-, chiefly British -ˌpa-\ adjective

Examples of compatriot in a Sentence

  1. We watched our compatriots compete in the Olympics.

  2. the famous actor and his theater compatriots

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Origin and Etymology of compatriot

French compatriote, from Late Latin compatriota, from Latin com- + Late Latin patriota fellow countryman — more at patriot

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COMPATRIOT Defined for English Language Learners

compatriot

noun

Definition of compatriot for English Language Learners

  • : 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


COMPATRIOT Defined for Kids

compatriot

noun com·pa·tri·ot \ kəm-ˈpā-trē-ət \

Definition of compatriot for Students

: a person from the same country as someone else


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