- 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.
- (initial capital letter) Military. a U.S. Army antiaircraft missile with a range of 37 miles (60 km) and a 200-pound (90 kg) warhead, launched from a tracked vehicle with radar and computer guidance and fire control.
Origin of patriot
Related Words for patriotpartisan, loyalist, volunteer, flag-waver, nationalist, jingoist, ultranationalist
Examples from the Web for patriot
Contemporary Examples of patriot
The Patriot Act allows the Department of Justice to seize foreign bank assets in U.S. accounts.Special Forces’ $77M ‘Hustler’ Hits Back
December 8, 2014
“I have always considered him a friend, a patriot, and a dedicated public servant,” McCain said in a statement.Hagel Takes a Bullet for Obama: Inside the Defense Secretary’s Sudden Firing
Shane Harris, Tim Mak
November 24, 2014
Despite the trials of a lifetime and the events of this summer, Washington still calls himself a patriot.NPR’s Smooth-Talking Millennial Whisperer
October 7, 2014
The President, yesterday, at a Patriot Day ceremony, tells me never to give into fear.Thank Goodness We’ve Got A Plan! Let the War Begin!
September 14, 2014
Two wars and The Patriot Act later, John Kerry won 54 percent of the youth vote in 2004.Hillary's Got a Millennial Problem
August 28, 2014
Historical Examples of patriot
She was a Livingston, and a patriot, and she knew me for one as well.In the Valley
This unlucky newspaper was a thorn in the side of every patriot of Carlow County.The Gentleman From Indiana
Hardly had we breakfasted, when he, the Patriot, waited upon us.
Soon he was in among the trees and out of sight of the patriot soldiers on the Heights.
“There are two things that I hope to do, when in the patriot army,” said Dick.
- a person who vigorously supports his country and its way of life
Word Origin for patriot
- a US surface-to-air missile system with multiple launch stations and the capability to track multiple targets by radar
1590s, "compatriot," from Middle French patriote (15c.) and directly from Late Latin patriota "fellow-countryman" (6c.), from Greek patriotes "fellow countryman," from patrios "of one's fathers," patris "fatherland," from pater (genitive patros) "father" (see father (n.)); with -otes, suffix expressing state or condition. Liddell and Scott write that patriotes was "applied to barbarians who had only a common [patris], [politai] being used of Greeks who had a common [polis] (or free-state)."
Meaning "loyal and disinterested supporter of one's country" is attested from c.1600, but became an ironic term of ridicule or abuse from mid-18c. in England, so that Johnson, who at first defined it as "one whose ruling passion is the love of his country," in his fourth edition added, "It is sometimes used for a factious disturber of the government."
The name of patriot had become [c.1744] a by-word of derision. Horace Walpole scarcely exaggerated when he said that ... the most popular declaration which a candidate could make on the hustings was that he had never been and never would be a patriot. [Macaulay, "Horace Walpole," 1833]
Somewhat revived in reference to resistance movements in overrun countries in World War II, it has usually had a positive sense in American English, where the phony and rascally variety has been consigned to the word patrioteer (1928). Oriana Fallaci ["The Rage and the Pride," 2002] marvels that Americans, so fond of patriotic, patriot, and patriotism, lack the root noun and are content to express the idea of patria by cumbersome compounds such as homeland. (Joyce, Shaw, and H.G. Wells all used patria as an English word early 20c., but it failed to stick.) Patriots' Day (April 19, anniversary of the 1775 skirmishes at Lexington and Concord Bridge) was observed as a legal holiday in Maine and Massachusetts from 1894.