Patriot meaning

pātrē-ət, -ŏt
The definition of a patriot is a person who loves, defends and supports his or her country.

An example of a patriot is a person who is loyal to and fights for the United States.

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One who loves, supports, and defends one's country.
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(archaic) A fellow countryman, a compatriot.
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One who loves and loyally or zealously supports one's own country.
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A person who loves and zealously supports and defends their country.
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(informal) An individual Patriot missile.
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Origin of patriot

  • 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

  • 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").

    From Wiktionary