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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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  • 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
  • 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
  • The fourth also seemed to be assigned to the rear, but he moved around more than his compatriot.

    The Flaming Mountain Harold Leland Goodwin
  • 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
  • Sauviat had watched the ascending career of his compatriot more attentively and seriously than any one else.

    The Village Rector Honore de Balzac
  • From the police station he sent a compatriot with a message to Headquarters.

  • So, in quest of a compatriot whom we couldn't miss, we set off up the street.

    The Fortunate Isles Mary Stuart Boyd
  • His compatriot, Le Fèbvre, had begun to give a few lessons as a dancing-master.

    My Lady Ludlow Elizabeth Gaskell
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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