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 And Now, the Design District gallery led by British expat James Cope, is known for showing conceptually demanding work in an intimate space. Benjamin Lima, Dallas News, "And Now gallery features a talented crop of young artists," 22 Mar. 2021 Kayla Siegel Fine, an American expat who retired in Mexico, encapsulated a typical Mexican Jewish Passover meal while shopping in Mexico City recently. Sybil Sanchez, sun-sentinel.com, "Passover food in Mexico is a mashup of cultures," 16 Mar. 2021 Robert Murat is a British expat who lives in Praia da Luz. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, "Will the discovery of a credible suspect lead to answers in the Madeleine McCann case?," 27 Feb. 2021 Another Argentine expat is making an outsized contribution to the local pizza landscape. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "Our food writers pick their favorite pizza places in the Twin Cities," 17 Feb. 2021 After twenty-six years as an independent tastemaker, the British expat Gavin Brown closed his enterprises and took a job with the doyenne Barbara Gladstone. Andrea K. Scott, The New Yorker, "The Best Art of 2020," 30 Dec. 2020 The family behind it stumbled into the holiday business much as Young did, according to Hedda Staines, another British expat, who’s in charge of overseeing the dozens of buyers there. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "How San Diego Became the Unofficial Christmas Capital of America," 9 Dec. 2020 Among her many bold Emily In Paris outfits — which included items like a pink Dior newsboy cap and a Kermit-green Chanel jacket — the fictional expat also showed off a taste for little black dresses. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, "Lily Collins’ Latex Look From The MTV Movie Awards Was Emily In Paris-Approved," 8 Dec. 2020 The British expat describes men sporting a cricket sweater on the field and then to postgame drinks at a pub in London. André-naquian Wheeler, WSJ, "Cricket Style Will Help You Break Your Sweatpants Habit," 1 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of expat

1962, in the meaning defined above

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28 Mar 2021

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“Expat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expat. Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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