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>
Origin and Etymology of patriot
Medieval French patriote compatriot, from Late Latin patriota, from Greek patriōtēs, from patria lineage, from patr-, patēr father
First Known Use: 1577
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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