[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. compassionate conservative,
  2. compassionately,
  3. compaternity,
  4. compathy,
  5. compatible,
  6. compazine,
  7. compañera,
  8. compañero,
  9. compañia,
  10. compd.

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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British Dictionary definitions for compatriot


/ (kəmˈpætrɪət) /


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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