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 patriotic (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 Fireworks and patriotic music will fill the air this weekend as San Antonio marks Independence Day. Austin Taylor, San Antonio Express-News, 1 July 2022 What’s a 4th of July celebration without patriotic music? Jeff Banowetz, Chicago Tribune, 22 June 2022 The evening fireworks show at 8:30 p.m. combines patriotic music with fireworks; included with cost of park admission. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 June 2022 Inspire some friendly competition with these creative contests, and be sure to have patriotic prizes on hand for the winners. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 July 2022 There are parades, rodeos, fireworks, a marathon, hikes and historical outfits, plus lots of red, white and blue — similar to the Fourth of July and other patriotic events in America. The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 July 2022 Traditionally, people looked to religious and patriotic stories to answer such questions. Adam Kirsch, WSJ, 22 July 2022 Its patriotic highpoint showed a pre–Star Wars John Boyega sliding while hanging on to a gigantic Union Jack. Armond White, National Review, 22 July 2022 That’s called a patriot—a patriotic tax would be nothing that we should be scorned about. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 20 July 2022 See More

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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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10 Aug 2022

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More Definitions for patriotic


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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