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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Guests will be instructed to tune their car stereos or portable radios to an FM frequency to hear the patriotic-themed soundtrack. Dave Clark, The Enquirer, "Coney Island hosts free 'Reds, White & Blue' drive-in fireworks Friday," 1 July 2020 Old Navy has patriotic-themed swimwear, socks and T-shirts as well as reusable, cloth face masks in a variety of colors, prints and patterns (about $12.50 for a 5-pack). oregonlive, "Patriotic, ‘Hamilton’ and other colorful face masks have you covered to celebrate the Fourth of July," 1 July 2020 This has many Americans turning toward consumer fireworks to get their patriotic fix. Megan Marples, CNN, "Fireworks at home: Risks and safer alternatives, as sales skyrocket," 30 June 2020 Dick’s Sporting Goods Really want to step up your patriotic game? Leada Gore |, al, "July 4th sales, deals for red, white and blue attire: Best deals on patriotic gear," 30 June 2020 This time, spectators can enjoy the red, white and boom set to a patriotic music from the comfort of their own car in Cedar Point’s parking lot. cleveland, "Fourth of July 2020 in Cleveland: Fireworks, food, music and more ways to celebrate Independence Day weekend," 30 June 2020 The Fourth of July isn’t just a patriotic holiday known for outdoor grilling and red, white and blue—it’s also one of the biggest shopping events of the year, particularly in the mattress department. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "The 5 best mattress deals you can get this 4th of July," 30 June 2020 The cattle industry, which brings in some seventy billion dollars a year, began promoting beef as the patriotic mainstay of the American dinner table. Susan Orlean, The New Yorker, "The Rabbit Outbreak," 29 June 2020 This season, brush up on the history of the Fourth of July, then celebrate the day by playing this patriotic trivia game with your friends and family. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "14 Things Every American Should Know About the Fourth of July," 29 June 2020

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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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4 Jul 2020

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“Patriotic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of patriotic

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


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Kids Definition of patriotic

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

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