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[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.
1605-15; < Late Latin compatriōta. See com-, patriot
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[kuh m-pey-tree-ot-ik or, esp. British, -pa-] /kəmˌpeɪ triˈɒt ɪk or, esp. British, -ˌpæ-/ (Show IPA),
compatriotism, noun Unabridged
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  • They are likely to be better off-both financially and otherwise-than their compatriots who do not go to college.
  • While the leader crept toward the fig tree, his compatriots made their way up two neighboring trees in silence.
  • And when she opened a private practice seven years ago, she found her compatriots receptive to her message.
  • He has killed and still imprisons compatriots who want reform.
  • Not only are their incomes small, but they often pay a lot more for drinking water than do their richer compatriots.
  • Americans tend to blame their woes not on rich compatriots but on poor foreigners.
  • My generation of physician compatriots may be an example.
  • Even if an overwhelming majority wants change, it is smart for individuals to speak out only if enough compatriots do, too.
  • And the bewilderment flares when compatriots become casualties.
  • We are looking forward to learning, sharing and communing with all our open-source compatriots.
British Dictionary definitions for compatriots


a fellow countryman
Derived Forms
compatriotic, adjective
compatriotism, noun
Word Origin
C17: from French compatriote, from Late Latin compatriōta; see patriot
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Word Origin and History for compatriots



1610s, from French compatriote (16c.), from Latin compatriota, from com- "with" (see com-) + patriota "countryman" (see patriot).

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