- Expatriate is someone living in a foreign country.
An example of expatriate used as an adjective is the phrase expatriate artists which means a group of French artists living in Germany.
- The definition of an expatriate is someone who has left his or her homeland.
An example of a an expatriate is a Canadian who has moved from Canada to be married and employed in the United States.
- To expatriate is defined as to be removed from or to leave one's homeland.
An example of to expatriate is for a U.S. citizen to flee the U.S. and live in Canada.
intransitive verbexpatriated, expatriating
- to drive (a person) from his or her native land; exile
- to withdraw (oneself) from one's native land or from allegiance to it
Origin of expatriate; from past participle of Medieval Latin expatriare, to leave the homeland ; from Classical Latin ex, out of + patria, fatherland ; from pater, father
verbex·pa·tri·at·ed, ex·pa·tri·at·ing, ex·pa·tri·ates
- To send into exile: They were expatriated because of their political beliefs.
- To remove (oneself) from residence in one's native land.
- To give up residence in one's homeland.
- To renounce allegiance to one's homeland.
- One who has taken up residence in a foreign country.
- One who has renounced one's native land.
Origin of expatriateMedieval Latin expatriāre, expatriāt- : Latin ex-, ex- + Latin patria, native land (from patrius, paternal, from pater, father; see p&schwa;ter- in Indo-European roots).
- Of, or relating to, people who are expatriates.
(third-person singular simple present expatriates, present participle expatriating, simple past and past participle expatriated)
From French expatrier, from ex- (“out of”) + patrie (“native land”)