(archaic) A fellow countryman, a compatriot.
Other Word Forms of Patriot
Origin of Patriot
From the Middle French compatriot around 1600, from Late Latin patriōta (“fellow countryman") from the Ancient Greek πατριώτης (patriotÄ“s, “of the same country"), from πατρίς (patris, “father land", "country"), from πατήρ (pater, “father").
French patriote from Old French compatriot from Late Latin patriōta from Greek patriōtēs from patrios of one's fathers from patēr patr- father pəter- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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