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[eks-peyt] /ɛksˈpeɪt/
noun, Informal.
an expatriate:
a favorite hangout for expats.
Origin of expat
1960-65; by shortening Unabridged
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Examples from the web for expat
  • There's a good chance you'll see an expat mom here at the village playground with her kids.
  • But while the traumas inflicted on the nation may bring the country closer, they are pulling at the expat community.
  • It's the great secret to why being an expat is so alluring.
  • Popular hotel for expat gatherings and business travelers.
  • The cafe is a good place to catch up with expat activities and get information on local cultural happenings.
  • Otherwise, look at the expat community centers in the town you are visiting.
  • As an avid traveler and former expat, she enjoys sharing her experiences and tips with other enthusiastic explorers.
  • Talk story about an election night party thrown by an expat hedge-fund manager.
  • As any expat will tell you, there is nothing more boring than listening to someone rave or fume about an airport experience.
  • You've been an expat and a journalist for many years.
British Dictionary definitions for expat


noun, adjective
(informal) short for expatriate
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for expat

1962, shortening of expatriate (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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