pa·​tri·​ot·​ic ˌpā-trē-ˈä-tik How to pronounce patriotic (audio)
 chiefly British  ˌpa-
: inspired by patriotism
stirring patriotic songs
patriotic organizations
patriotic feelings
: befitting or characteristic of a patriot
ˌpā-trē-ˈä-ti-k(ə-)lē How to pronounce patriotic (audio)
 chiefly British  ˌpa-

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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Word History

First Known Use

1737, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of patriotic was in 1737

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Cite this Entry

“Patriotic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


pa·​tri·​ot·​ic ˌpā-trē-ˈät-ik How to pronounce patriotic (audio)
: having or showing patriotism
: suitable or proper for a patriot
patriotically adverb

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