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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person from your own country


French compatriote, from Late Latin compatriōta : Latin com-, com- + Late Latin patriōta, countryman; see patriot.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin cum ("with") + patria ("homeland") (Wiktionary)



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