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Syllabification: pa·tri·ot
Pronunciation: /ˈpātrēət

Definition of patriot in English:


1A person who vigorously supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors.
Example sentences
  • Both her paternal and maternal relatives were American patriots who vigorously supported the new republic of the United States of America.
  • Along the way, he proves that a true patriot is one who defends his or her country's finest ideals.
  • It's the irony of the situation today that those who claim to be Indian patriots supported British rule.
nationalist, loyalist;
chauvinist, jingoist, flag-waver
2 (Patriot) US trademark An automated surface-to-air missile designed for preemptive strikes.
Example sentences
  • ‘It is thanks to the patriots here that the Patriot has achieved such success,’ he stated.


late 16th century (in the late Latin sense): from French patriote, from late Latin patriota 'fellow countryman', from Greek patriōtēs, from patrios 'of one's fathers', from patris 'fatherland'.



Pronunciation: /-ˌtizəm/
Example sentences
  • Neither the idealism nor the patriotism of those who serve is in question here.
  • It is so deeply wrong to viciously attack the patriotism of those who dissent peacefully.
  • The story passed from generation to generation to encourage the patriotism of Chinese children.

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