Definitions

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

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

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

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

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

  • noun one who loves and defends his or her country

Etymologies

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

[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.]

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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").

Examples

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  • Also, the people who were in support of the U.S. becoming separate from Britain were called the patriots. Those who wanted the U.S. to remain British colonies were called loyalists.

    January 10, 2018