ex·​pat | \ˈeks-ˌpat \

Definition of expat 

chiefly British

: an expatriate person : expatriate

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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Marshal operates exclusively in that format, appealing to the Nigerian expat community. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Acclaimed master of Nigerian fuji music King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal comes to Square Roots Festival," 5 July 2018 His stature both in his home country and in the Philadelphia area’s 15,000-strong Liberian expat community only fueled interest in his case. Kelly Brennan, Philly.com, "Delco man convicted of hiding past as Liberian war criminal," 3 July 2018 For the first time ever expats were allowed to cast their votes from abroad in this election. Nazih Osseiran And Sune Engel Rasmussen, WSJ, "Lebanon Votes in Election Dominated by Regional Tensions," 6 May 2018 Far from romanticizing the American expat community, Poirier gives us some unflattering portraits of visiting writers. Lauren Elkin, New York Times, "Eavesdropping on Beauvoir, Sartre and Their Circle of Friends," 4 May 2018 Some schools are said to be struggling, especially at the top end of the market (1m-2.5m shillings a year) which is beyond the reach of all but the richest Kenyans, and therefore relies to a large extent on expats. The Economist, "Elite private schools are booming in Kenya," 21 June 2018 The creator of the organization, Iraqi expat Ben Kacyra, is a civil engineer by trade, one who pioneered in the field of portable laser scanning. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "This Free Virtual Reality App Drops Users in the Heart of Historic Armenia," 28 June 2018 Two: North American schlub marries Frenchman, becomes expat and learns secrets of life, home décor, child rearing and bras from French fairy godmother. New York Times, "Letter of Recommendation: ‘Live Like a French Woman’ Books," 12 June 2018 These expats and others are a controversial issue in Iran. Salvador Rizzo, Washington Post, "Trump claims Obama gave citizenship to 2,500 Iranians during nuclear deal talks," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of expat

1962, in the meaning defined above

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