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[kuh m-pey-tree-uh t or, esp. British, -pa-] /kəmˈpeɪ tri ət or, esp. British, -ˈpæ-/
a native or inhabitant of one's own country; fellow countryman or countrywoman.
of the same country.
Origin of compatriot
From the Late Latin word compatriōta, dating back to 1605-15. See com-, patriot
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[kuh m-pey-tree-ot-ik or, esp. British, -pa-] /kəmˌpeɪ triˈɒt ɪk or, esp. British, -ˌpæ-/ (Show IPA),
compatriotism, noun Unabridged
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  • I have a compatriot with me, one Joseph Lesurques, whom I met on the way here.

  • There he is, with his wife and daughters, and one may stare at him with all the frankness of a compatriot.

    The American Mind Bliss Perry
  • Almost, indeed, had the Breton shuddered at his compatriot's cold-bloodedness.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • Now I ask my compatriot, would he trade his lot for that of Mr. Blake with all his money?

    St. Cuthbert's Robert E. Knowles
  • With the assistance of a girl, a compatriot of his, he has reduced all things to order.

    The Green Rust Edgar Wallace
  • But he was to find out that this compatriot of Aguinaldo was unusual in many ways.

    Bamboo Tales Ira L. Reeves
  • We want every one with honesty and courage to join us, and we claim you as a compatriot.

    The Young Llanero W.H.G. Kingston
  • After a time, they used their influence with their compatriot to lease his land.

British Dictionary definitions for compatriot


a fellow countryman
Derived Forms
compatriotic, adjective
compatriotism, noun
Word Origin
C17: from French compatriote, from Late Latin compatriōta; see patriot
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Word Origin and History for compatriot

1610s, from French compatriote (16c.), from Latin compatriota, from com- "with" (see com-) + patriota "countryman" (see patriot).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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