[ pey-tree-uh t, -ot or, esp. British, pa-tree-uh t ]
/ ˈpeɪ tri ət, -ˌɒt or, esp. British, ˈpæ tri ət /


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.

Nearby words

  1. patrilinear,
  2. patriliny,
  3. patrilocal,
  4. patrimonial,
  5. patrimony,
  6. patriot act,
  7. patriotic,
  8. patriotism,
  9. patriots' day,
  10. patripotestal

Origin of patriot

1590–1600; < Middle French patriote < Late Latin patriōta < Greek patriṓtēs fellow-countryman, lineage member

Related formsan·ti·pa·tri·ot, nounsem·i·pa·tri·ot, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for patriot


/ (ˈpeɪtrɪət, ˈpæt-) /


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


/ (ˈpeɪtrɪət) /


a US surface-to-air missile system with multiple launch stations and the capability to track multiple targets by radar
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Word Origin and History for patriot


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