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[v. eks-pey-tree-eyt or, esp. British, -pa-tree-; adj., n. eks-pey-tree-it, -eyt or, esp. British, -pa-tree-] /v. ɛksˈpeɪ triˌeɪt or, esp. British, -ˈpæ tri-; adj., n. ɛksˈpeɪ tri ɪt, -ˌeɪt or, esp. British, -ˈpæ tri-/
verb (used with object), expatriated, expatriating.
to banish (a person) from his or her native country.
to withdraw (oneself) from residence in one's native country.
to withdraw (oneself) from allegiance to one's country.
verb (used without object), expatriated, expatriating.
to become an expatriate:
He expatriated from his homeland.
expatriated; exiled.
an expatriated person:
Many American writers were living as expatriates in Paris.
Origin of expatriate
1760-70; < Medieval Latin expatriātus (past participle of expatriāre to banish), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + patri(a) native land + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
expatriation, noun
self-expatriation, noun Unabridged
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  • There is an expatriate community here but I'ma bit old to fit in to that.
  • She has always felt the insecurity of an expatriate.
  • Some expatriate laborers have a different view of the ports dispute.
  • It's a lot harder to work productively for the country as an expatriate.
  • Nearly one in three Albanian real estate transactions involves an expatriate buying property back home.
  • However, he never lost touch with his native land nor did he ever consider himself a genuine expatriate.
  • But some demonstrators dismiss him as an expatriate long removed from Egypt's problems.
  • And a growing number of expatriate businessmen invest back home.
  • Naturally, the accountants who specialize in expatriate issues charge prime rates.
  • All my own excursions into the expatriate condition have been temporary, but that has not made them any the less exciting.
British Dictionary definitions for expatriate


adjective (ɛksˈpætrɪɪt; -ˌeɪt)
resident in a foreign country
exiled or banished from one's native country: an expatriate American
noun (ɛksˈpætrɪɪt; -ˌeɪt)
a person who lives in a foreign country
an exile; expatriate person
verb (transitive) (ɛksˈpætrɪˌeɪt)
to exile (oneself) from one's native country or cause (another) to go into exile
to deprive (oneself or another) of citizenship
Derived Forms
expatriation, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Medieval Latin expatriāre, from Latin ex-1 + patria native land
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Word Origin and History for expatriate

1768, from French expatrier "banish" (14c.), from ex- "out of" (see ex-) + patrie "native land," from Latin patria "one's native country," from pater (genitive patris) "father" (cf. patriot). Related: Expatriated; expatriating. The noun is from 1818, "one who has been banished;" main modern sense of "one who chooses to live abroad" is 1902.

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