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
This year, PSI is raising funds and awareness for Pets for Patriots, an organization that helps veterans and military members adopt overlooked shelter pets.
Leading patriots knew Warren was the play’s anonymous author.
Kraft, who is Jewish, has brought some of his Patriots on visits before and in 2015 arranged for a group of 19 lesser known Hall of Famers to come promote the sport.
For every dollar contributed by U.S. taxpayers, Colombia put in about 19 dollars—on top of the blood, sweat, and tears of countless patriots who longed to reclaim their country.
Many of the statues have specific statements on their pedestals or shafts that talk about states rights or upholding the Constitution, that these are true patriots.
Clemson University's football team and the New England Patriots have visited the White House since the election.
The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl LI on Feb. 5 in Houston to earn the largest Super Bowl ring yet.
Patriots confirm that there are 283 diamonds in new champ ring.
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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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