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 The government, while moving to protect the jobs of citizens, has given private companies, mostly employing expats, leeway to cut salaries or extend unpaid leave. Zainab Fattah, Bloomberg.com, "Pizza on Palm Island Seemed a Perfect Fit. Until the Pandemic," 10 May 2020 Some immigrants, expats, and migrant workers chose to return home, if the situation permits. Youyou Zhou, Quartz, "Immigrants have already started leaving the US," 21 Apr. 2020 Most of the homes were average quality; many were owned by expats from the United States or Europe. Kathleen Pender, SFChronicle.com, "How to live, travel for almost nothing as a house and pet sitter," 1 Feb. 2020 Adama, who has a background in emergency management, started coordinating communication efforts among expats in Wuhan. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, "'We’re getting a little squirrelly': Americans stuck in Wuhan are bored, hungry for coronavirus info," 29 Jan. 2020 The squad that some critics considered to be an assembly of rugby expats has certainly won the support of the host nation, probably because perseverance is a primary trait. San Diego Union-Tribune, "As Japan braces for typhoon, rugby squad trains in the rain," 12 Oct. 2019 For expats, digital nomads, and other travelers holding annual plans, there may be options to increase or extend coverage for better benefits. Jenna Scatena, Condé Nast Traveler, "For Americans Abroad, the Level 4 Travel Advisory Could Impact Insurance," 27 Mar. 2020 But for expats from the U.K., the Lamb and Mint Pasty tastes like home. Lauren Saria, azcentral, "Here's where to find our 14 favorite pies for Pi Day in metro Phoenix," 9 Mar. 2020 The two musicians, both Cuban expats, explore their Afro-Cuban roots on the project while also paying tribute to Western classical music and jazz. Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit’s Top 10: Cool things to do this weekend and beyond, including the Naked Magicians, 'Nick Jr. Live!' and 'Pray the Gay Away'," 4 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of expat

1962, in the meaning defined above

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1 Jun 2020

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“Expat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expat. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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