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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.
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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British Dictionary definitions for expatriates


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 expatriates



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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