Definition of compatriot noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//kəmˈpætriət//
; NAmE NAmE//kəmˈpeɪtriət//
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a person who was born in, or is a citizen of, the same country as somebody else synonym countryman He played against one of his compatriots in the semi-final. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from French compatriote, from late Latin compatriota (translating Greek sumpatriōtēs), from com- ‘together with’ + patriota ‘fellow countryman’, from Greek patriōtēs, from patrios ‘of one's fathers’, from patris ‘fatherland’.
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