[ kuhm-pey-tree-uht or, especially British, -pa- ]
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  1. a native or inhabitant of one's own country; fellow countryman or countrywoman.

  1. of the same country.

Origin of compatriot

From the Late Latin word compatriōta, dating back to 1605–15. See com-, patriot

Other words from compatriot

  • com·pa·tri·ot·ic [kuhm-pey-tree-ot-ik or, especially British, -pa-], /kəmˌpeɪ triˈɒt ɪk or, especially British, -ˌpæ-/, adjective
  • com·pa·tri·ot·ism, noun

Words Nearby compatriot Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use compatriot in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for compatriot


/ (kəmˈpætrɪət) /

  1. a fellow countryman

Origin of compatriot

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

Derived forms of compatriot

  • compatriotic, adjective
  • compatriotism, noun

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