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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As the title suggests, Threads illuminates the connective tissue between the nine-time Grammy winner and three sets of compatriots. Sarah Rodman,, "Sheryl Crow shares the stories and secrets behind her final full-length album, Threads," 4 Sep. 2019 At one such rally at Melbourne’s Monash University this month, a mainland Chinese woman who engaged with the pro-Hong Kong protesters rather than shouting them down was bullied by her compatriots, who threatened to report her to the consulate. Tony Lin, Quartz, "Chinese people who show sympathy for Hong Kong’s protests risk getting doxxed by friends," 30 Aug. 2019 The 14 attorneys general led by New York’s Letitia James who are suing to block the T-Mobile-Sprint merger got another compatriot, as Texas AG Ken Paxton joined the effort. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Why ‘Fitness Tech’ Is Working Out—Data Sheet," 2 Aug. 2019 That Johnson is poised to take up the leadership role at this extraordinarily delicate juncture is still mind-boggling to many of his compatriots. Christina Boyle, Los Angeles Times, "Boris Johnson, one of Britain’s most eccentric politicians, on track to be next prime minister," 22 July 2019 The Greek Freak and his Milwaukee compatriots make their lone visit to the AT&T Center in early January, two days after the Spurs make their sole visit to Wisconsin. Jeff Mcdonald,, "Nine can’t-miss games in the Spurs’ 2019-20 schedule," 12 Aug. 2019 Mr Quilty—who piles paint on his canvases with a cake-icing knife to make gutsy, large-scale works that both charm and challenge his compatriots—has followed an unusual career path. The Economist, "Ben Quilty’s paintings depict violence, loss and “death jackets”," 9 Aug. 2019 An All-New Corvette There's quite a bit of noise, some from the engine, more from the active-suspension pumps, but Schwartz and his Lotus compatriots will have this under control in Phase III. Tony Swan, Popular Mechanics, "A Closer Look at Chevy's Mid-Engine Corvette...From 1988?," 19 July 2019 Galal aims to go back to Khartoum soon and make art that will get his compatriots to think about the future. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "Sudan’s street protests have inspired another revolution—in art," 12 July 2019

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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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concealment of treason or felony

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