An example of a patriot is a person who is loyal to and fights for the United States.
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 patriÅta (“fellow countryman") from the Ancient Greek Ï€Î±Ï„ÏÎ¹ÏŽÏ„Î·Ï‚ (patriotÄ“s, “of the same country"), from Ï€Î±Ï„ÏÎ¯Ï‚ (patris, “father land", "country"), from Ï€Î±Ï„Î®Ï (pater, “father").