ex·​pat | \ ˈeks-ˌpat How to pronounce expat (audio) \

Definition of expat

chiefly British
: an expatriate person : expatriate

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Examples of expat in a Sentence

a network of expats in London keeps her from missing the family she left behind

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Only the experienced cave divers—all volunteers from the UK—would transport the boys between caverns nine and three, helped along at each cavern by the European team—the skilled expat technical dive instructors from the resorts in South Thailand. National Geographic, "The untold story of the daring cave divers who saved the Thai soccer team," 4 Mar. 2019 But after 40 years, Saudi Arabia still treated the Sudanese expat like a temporary visitor who had to apply for residency every year. Jonathan Kauffman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Exile in the Tenderloin: The quest for a future at San Francisco’s only Sudanese cafe," 17 May 2018 Take your pick: Find Miró and Gaudí in the streets of Barcelona with the help of our new city guide or post up for a week in Madrid's Conde Duque neighborhood to really feel like an expat. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Flight Deal: U.S. to Spain from $325 Round-Trip," 20 Apr. 2018 These days, such offerings, once devoured almost exclusively by Japanese expats living in the city and the greater metropolitan area, are becoming known to a broader array of New Yorkers. Charles Passy, WSJ, "New Year’s Resolution: Celebrate With a Japanese Feast," 29 Dec. 2018 If voting in large numbers, expats can swing the outcome of close congressional / Senate races. Helena Bachmann, USA TODAY, "Why the Swiss are nudging U.S. citizens to vote in the midterm elections," 26 Apr. 2018 It’s estimated that there are over 40,000 Irish expats living abroad that are eligible to vote. Chloe Mac Donnell, Glamour, "For These Women, Traveling Over 9,000 Miles to Vote in Ireland's Abortion Referendum Isn't a Burden—It's a Necessity," 24 May 2018 Moorthy and her husband, Vishnu Viswanath, 29, who were Indian expats living in California, fell to their deaths in Yosemite National Park last week while taking a selfie, the man’s brother said Tuesday. Jocelyn Gecker, The Seattle Times, "Indian couple who died in Yosemite took risks for photos," 31 Oct. 2018 Nicolas Grenie, a French expat living in San Francisco, used Omni to start SF Cheese Party, based on a French wintertime get-together tradition. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, "Omni’s ‘closets in the cloud’ turn into a new way to make money online," 21 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of expat

1962, in the meaning defined above

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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