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
Recent Examples on the Web Taiwan's government doesn't have official figures on how many Taiwanese American expats are expected to return to vote for a president and legislative representatives. Chris Fuchs, NBC News, "Expats travel back to vote in Taiwan's heated presidential election," 9 Jan. 2020 He’d been invited, along with a dozen or so other young Jewish expats, to spend Yom Kippur in Halle, a small city about a hundred miles from the capital. Elisabeth Zerofsky, The New Yorker, "A Terrorist Attack on Yom Kippur in Halle, Germany," 13 Oct. 2019 When Spencer bounded from his bed and wrapped this fellow expat in a bear hug, Robinson was taken aback. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "How Do You Say 'Cheesecake Factory' In Mandarin? Behind the Scenes of Life in the Chinese Basketball Association," 27 June 2019 Graham told the Associated Press that her group is focusing on the most vulnerable expats, such as those who may have mobility problems. Washington Post, "The Latest: NGOs give helping hand to Brit expats in Cyprus," 4 Oct. 2019 Britain’s Prince William sat down with President Barack Obama in Washington while his wife, Kate, made an impression of a down-to-earth duchess on preschoolers and prominent British expats in New York. BostonGlobe.com, "In 1886, the American Federation of Labor was founded in Columbus, Ohio.," 8 Dec. 2019 The Kyiv Post, which is geared toward expats in Ukraine and Ukrainians abroad, is an outlier in the country's media. Hadas Gold, CNN, "Why the Trump-Ukraine scandal isn't dominating the news in Ukraine," 18 Oct. 2019 Most Southern expats in Oregon know the delicate dance of both defending your love of home while acknowledging its problems. oregonlive, "‘Gumbo’ offers a taste of what makes Cajun country unique," 16 Oct. 2019 The film about an expat returning home to meet her father is Bosnian writer/director Ena Sendijarevic's debut feature. Nick Holdsworth, The Hollywood Reporter, "Sarajevo Festival: 'Take Me Somewhere Nice' Wins Best Feature Award," 23 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of expat

1962, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jan 2020

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“Expat.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expat. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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not to be intimidated or subdued

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