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patriot

[ pey-tree-uht, -ot or, especially British, pa-tree-uht ]
/ ˈpeɪ tri ət, -ˌɒt or, especially British, ˈpæ tri ət /
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noun

a person who loves, supports, and defends his or her country and its interests with devotion.
a person who regards himself or herself as a defender, especially of individual rights, against presumed interference by the federal government.
Patriot, Military. a U.S. Army antiaircraft missile with a range of 37 miles (60 kilometers) and a 200-pound (90-kilogram) warhead, launched from a tracked vehicle with radar and computer guidance and fire control.

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Origin of patriot

First recorded in 1570–80; from Middle French patriote, from Late Latin patriōta, from Greek patriṓtēs “fellow-countryman, lineage member (in the paternal line)”

OTHER WORDS FROM patriot

an·ti·pa·tri·ot, nounsem·i·pa·tri·ot, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for patriot (1 of 2)

patriot
/ (ˈpeɪtrɪət, ˈpæt-) /

noun

a person who vigorously supports his country and its way of life

Derived forms of patriot

patriotic (ˌpætrɪˈɒtɪk), adjectivepatriotically, adverb

Word Origin for patriot

C16: via French from Late Latin patriōta, from Greek patriotēs, from patris native land; related to Greek patēr father; compare Latin pater father, patria fatherland

British Dictionary definitions for patriot (2 of 2)

Patriot
/ (ˈpeɪtrɪət) /

noun

a US surface-to-air missile system with multiple launch stations and the capability to track multiple targets by radar
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