pa·​tri·​ot·​ic | \ ˌpā-trē-ˈä-tik How to pronounce patriotic (audio) , chiefly British ˌpa-\

Definition of patriotic

1 : inspired by patriotism stirring patriotic songs patriotic organizations patriotic feelings
2 : befitting or characteristic of a patriot

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Other Words from patriotic

patriotically \ ˌpā-​trē-​ˈä-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce patriotically (audio) , chiefly British  ˌpa-​ \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for patriotic


nationalist, nationalistic



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Examples of patriotic in a Sentence

A patriotic fervor swept the country. hanging a flag outside one's home is a patriotic gesture

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After the Oakland Athletics’ Wednesday night twelve inning game against the Minnesota Twins, fans were allowed in the outfield grass to enjoy a 4th of July fireworks show set to patriotic music. Ray Chavez, The Mercury News, "Photos: Fans and fireworks at the ballpark," 4 July 2019 Navy Pier Fireworks are launched from Navy Pier in sync with patriotic music starting at 9:30 p.m. on July 4 (and every Wednesday and Saturday night in summer, FYI). Nina Kokotas Hahn, Condé Nast Traveler, "Where to Watch Fourth of July Fireworks in Chicago," 4 July 2019 The program features patriotic music and marches, show music, and traditional concert band selections., "West Calendar: What’s happening this week," 3 July 2019 Gates and booths open at 5 p.m., food and activities available from 5 to 9 p.m., fireworks start at 9 p.m. Fireworks accompanied by patriotic music broadcast over KYXY 96.5 FM Radio. Ramona Sentinel, "Calendar of Events: July 4-10," 3 July 2019 His event will feature military flyovers and patriotic music. Hal Boedeker,, "Trump July 4th rally: Fox News plans two-hour ‘Special Report’," 1 July 2019 The 38th annual Boston Harborfest will kick off Tuesday with patriotic music and a ceremonial cake cutting. USA TODAY, "Chicago cows, bras for turtles, gold rush: News from around our 50 states," 1 July 2019 Festivities open with a Color Guard introduction, Pledge of Allegiance and patriotic music sing-along. San Diego Union-Tribune, "42 ways to celebrate July 4 in San Diego County with fireworks and parades," 27 June 2019 Enjoy the fireworks along with patriotic music from the Carillon. Luann Gibbs,, "4th of July in Cincinnati: Here are all the fireworks, festivals and events," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of patriotic

1737, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of patriotic was in 1737

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English Language Learners Definition of patriotic

: having or showing great love and support for your country : having or showing patriotism


pa·​tri·​ot·​ic | \ ˌpā-trē-ˈä-tik How to pronounce patriotic (audio) \

Kids Definition of patriotic

: having or showing love that a person feels for his or her country

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