Definition of patriot
: one who loves his or her country and supports its authority and interests … praised him as a … motivated patriot who was fearless in the quest to preserve American security. — W. R. Hearst, Jr.
Examples of patriot in a Sentence
He was a great patriot who devoted his life to serving his country.
the contention that true patriots would be willing to do anything for their country
Recent Examples of patriot from the Web
Williams is the lone returning starter from last year’s unit after Lawrence Guy joined the New England Patriots during free agency and the Ravens traded Timmy Jernigan to the Philadelphia Eagles in April.
Patriots special teamer Nate Ebner is one of three players to wear NFL uniforms who went on to earn a spot on the U.S. rugby team in the reintroduction of that sport to the Olympics last year.
Today, a new generation of American patriots are fighting to win the battle against terrorism -- risking their lives to protect our citizens from an enemy that uses the murder of innocents to wage war on humanity itself.
Tadeusz Kosciuszko was an 18th-century Polish patriot who led uprisings and military campaigns against the more powerful Russian and Prussian armies that were endlessly partitioning his homeland.
Terence went to a high school on the edge of City Park named after one of America's greatest heroes and patriots, John F. Kennedy.
The three most important Patriots are no different.
O’Brien, offensive coordinator Goerge Godsey, and defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel are former Patriots assistant coaches.
Over 2,400 American patriots lost their lives in the attack on Pearl Harbor—military and civilian, men, women and children.
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Origin and Etymology of patriot
Middle French patriote compatriot, from Late Latin patriota, from Greek patriōtēs, from patria lineage, from patr-, patēr father
First Known Use: 1577See Words from the same year
PATRIOT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of patriot for English Language Learners
: a person who loves and strongly supports or fights for his or her country
PATRIOT Defined for Kids
Definition of patriot for Students
: a person who loves his or her country and strongly supports it
Word Root of patriot
The Latin word pater, meaning “father,” and the Greek word patēr give us the root pater or patr. Anyone or anything paternal, such as an aunt or uncle, is related to one's father. A patriarch is a father and ruler of a family or tribe. A patriot is a person who loves his or her fatherland or country. A patron is a person who gives support and approval for a project or artist, as fathers support and approve of their children.
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