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

  • n. One who loves, supports, and defends one's country.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who loves and zealously supports and defends his or her country.
  • n. A fellow countryman, a compatriot.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who loves his country, and zealously supports its authority and interests.
  • adj. Becoming to a patriot; patriotic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A person who loves his country, and zealously supports and defends it and its interests.
  • Patriotic; devoted to the welfare of one's country: as, patriot zeal.

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

  • n. one who loves and defends his or her country

Etymologies

French patriote, from Old French, compatriot, from Late Latin patriōta, from Greek patriōtēs, from patrios, of one's fathers, from patēr, patr-, father; see pəter- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Middle French compatriot around 1600, from Late Latin patriōta ("fellow countryman") from the Ancient Greek πατριώτης (patriotēs, "of the same country"), from πατρίς (patris, "father land", "country"), from πατήρ (pater, "father"). (Wiktionary)

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