ex·​pat | \ ˈeks-ˌpat \

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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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 Dubai also is home to an estimated 500,000 Iranian expats. Ian Talley, WSJ, "After Iran Sanctions, U.S. Faces a Huge Task: Compliance," 6 Nov. 2018 This is the world that appears in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel Tender Is the Night, with characters based on the glittering social set of Gerald and Sara Murphy, a cadre of elite expats also immortalized in the photographs of Jacques-Henri Lartigue. James Mcauley, Town & Country, "The Tragic, Fascinating History of Santo Sospir," 13 Aug. 2018 Coyle appreciates that British treats are generally getting more attention on this side of the pond — and this side of the United States, whether through the popular TV show, communities of expats or just fans of good food making new discoveries. Rebekah Denn, The Seattle Times, "Long live the Victoria Sponge Cake — or, at least through summer’s super-fresh fruit season," 1 Aug. 2018 The passport of any expat employee should be in the possession of the employer to protect the employers interest. Aria Darcella, Teen Vogue, "Kuwaiti Influencer Sondos Alqattan Is Facing Backlash for Her Comments on Domestic Workers' Rights," 26 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of expat

1962, in the meaning defined above

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