[kuh m-pey-tree-uh t or, esp. British, -pa-]


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 formscom·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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Examples from the Web for compatriot

Contemporary Examples of compatriot

Historical Examples of compatriot

  • 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.

  • Almost, indeed, had the Breton shuddered at his compatriot's cold-bloodedness.


    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

British Dictionary definitions for compatriot



a fellow countryman
Derived Formscompatriotic, adjectivecompatriotism, noun

Word Origin for compatriot

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).

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