expat

noun
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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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 There are also Facebook groups created by expats living abroad that can offer a realistic glimpse. Sue Arrowsmith, miamiherald, "This cop is retiring to a home on the Pacific. And it’s not costing him millions. | Miami Herald," 24 Mar. 2018 Tan My Design is Hanoi’s oldest embroidery shop and a favorite of local designers and expats, who come here for breezy women’s clothing, housewares, and soft bed linens from Catherine Denoual. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hanoi, Time and Again," 20 Nov. 2018 That domestic sensibility—a nod to the Australian expat’s early career, cutting friends’ hair at home between styling jobs for French Vogue—is part of what reels in regulars like Clémence Poésy, Natacha Ramsay-Levi, and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "The Master of French-Girl Hair Opens His First New York Salon," 16 Oct. 2018 Those same expats swear by the tailors at Hoa Fashion, up by West Lake, for expert copies of dresses, tops, pants, and jackets. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hanoi, Time and Again," 20 Nov. 2018 American expats Chris and Angela Scott attended a guesthouse blessing in Thailand in which Buddhist monks chanted for 20 minutes and made offerings to the Buddha before partaking in a ceremonial feast. Katie Jackson, Fox News, "What is a house blessing and should you have one?," 1 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of expat

1962, in the meaning defined above

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