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[eks-peyt] /ɛksˈpeɪt/
noun, Informal.
an expatriate:
a favorite hangout for expats.
1960-65; by shortening Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for expats
  • The party's over, and expats are joining the ranks of the jobless.
  • It is envisioned that the team should include two expats and four-five local staff.
  • The coalition leading the opposition is a mix of ideologies and includes former regime members and expats.
  • Carbondale's urban expats take their city's name as a literal eco-challenge.
  • Main courses change monthly to keep the expats who frequent the locale from getting bored.
  • By the month's end, many expats have returned and the fall cultural season begins.
  • Have breakfast, a light lunch or a mid-afternoon snack and cup of coffee while mingling with expats and travelers.
  • expats can be a notoriously detached and quirky bunch, expat journalists maybe even more so.
  • As a matter of fact, we're making it that's why all the foreign investors and expats are salivating to go there.
  • Mercer, a consulting company, has released its annual ranking of the cost of living for expats around the world.
British Dictionary definitions for expats


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



1962, shortening of expatriate (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
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