[ 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

Related forms

com·pa·tri·ot·ic [kuh m-pey-tree-ot-ik or, esp. British, -pa-] /kəmˌpeɪ triˈɒt ɪk or, esp. British, -ˌpæ-/, adjectivecom·pa·tri·ot·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for compatriot


/ (kəmˈpætrɪət) /


a fellow countryman

Derived Forms

compatriotic, adjectivecompatriotism, noun

Word Origin for compatriot

C17: from French compatriote, from Late Latin compatriōta; see patriot
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