Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A person from one's own country.
  • noun A colleague.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An inhabitant of the same country with another; a fellow-countryman.
  • Of the same country.
  • Animated by love of a common country; united in patriotism; patriotic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One of the same country, and having like interests and feeling.
  • adjective Of the same country; having a common sentiment of patriotism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Somebody from one's own country; a fellow-countryman.
  • adjective Of the same country; having a common sentiment of patriotism.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a person from your own country

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French compatriote, from Late Latin compatriōta : Latin com-, com- + Late Latin patriōta, countryman; see patriot.]

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From Latin cum ("with") + patria ("homeland")

Examples

  • Cleopatra _Cleopatra_ compatriot _compatriot_ gratis _gratis_ or _grahtis_ harem _harem_ or _hahrem_ heinous _hanous_ hiatus _hiatus_ implacable _implakable_ nape _nap_ née _na_ négligé _naglezha'_ patron _patron_ protégé _protazha'_ résumé _razuma'_ tenacious _tenashus_ tomato _tomato_ or _tomahto_ valet _va'la_ or _val'et_ vase _vas, vahz_, or _vaz_ veracious _verashus_ vivacious _vivashus_

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  • Li won the pair's only previous meeting at the Beijing Olympics and is aiming to join Chinese compatriot Jie Zheng in the last four.

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  • The Spaniard, who won his first title on the Swedish clay in Italian compatriot Roberta Vinci for a crushing loss in April by winning 7-5, 6-1 to reach the Palermo Open quarterfinals on

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  • Barry Windsor-Smith was born in 1949 in London’s working-class East End and studied at East Ham Technical College with Ralph Steadman, who years later became known as a compatriot of the infamous Hunter S.

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  • Barry Windsor-Smith was born in 1949 in London’s working-class East End and studied at East Ham Technical College with Ralph Steadman, who years later became known as a compatriot of the infamous Hunter S.

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  • John W Henry, Liverpool's principal owner, is believed to have called his compatriot and opposite number at Villa Park, Randy Lerner, at the weekend to enquire about Young's availability.

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  • Sharing the love of gardening with a compatriot is a wonderful thing.

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  • She is the first woman to retain the title since compatriot Jackie Joyner-Kersee in 1991.

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  • Button, who raced against Wheldon in karting in the 1990s, tweeted Monday that his compatriot was a "true fighter" and a "legend in our sport but also a great guy."

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  • Jerzy Buzek, president of the European Parliament, called his compatriot a great Polish politician.

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  • Leadership is a risky business requiring wisdom, courage, and fortitude—and as my compatriot Socrates put it, courage is the knowledge of what is not to be feared.

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    June 10, 2009

  • This is a very interesting word, I don't think I've heard it in use very much. The word itself kind of defines itself though.

    September 28, 2011