Definition of compatriot in English:



  • A fellow citizen or national of a country.

    ‘Stich defeated his compatriot Boris Becker in the quarter-finals’
    • ‘The Frenchwoman then suggested that her compatriots may simply have voted no because they do not know enough about Europe.’
    • ‘It sounded positive, but those evenings will be a lot more fun if Woods delivers, and inspires his compatriots, on the field of play.’
    • ‘If his native tongue did not qualify him to join his compatriots in singing the anthem, his body language was fluent enough.’
    • ‘Like many of her compatriots, she has been away from home a long time.’
    • ‘Currently, he has come back to his home country to help boost the national spirit of his compatriots.’
    • ‘One of my compatriots is working on a plan to get us back to the level of protection before Hurricane Katrina.’
    • ‘They have proven time and again that they are head and shoulders above their sporting compatriots in Ireland.’
    • ‘Cortez's case struck a responsive and sympathetic chord in the hearts of his compatriots.’
    • ‘He was ‘mellow’ by now according to one of the compatriots who had accompanied him to Scotland.’
    • ‘There's a subliminal message to my compatriots in this video too.’
    • ‘The disco-loving teenager became a team player, and the bond between her and her compatriots was highlighted in Sydney.’
    • ‘But, it seems, fans of the present generation have time only for their own compatriots.’
    • ‘I can't claim to be a socialist if I'm not prepared to help my fellow compatriot when I can.’
    • ‘The two losers got to follow in the footsteps of their fellow compatriots by walking the plank.’
    • ‘I guess this is a tad defensive, but I don't like seeing my compatriots dissed by someone who should know better.’
    • ‘From the past sorrows, we derive our self-respect to love our compatriots.’
    • ‘They reject their compatriots as ‘natives’ and sneer at their ignorant ways.’
    • ‘At the end of their contracts, his two compatriots headed home for Spain, while Martinez signed for another four years.’
    • ‘Few of her compatriots - those watching and those queuing overnight for a glimpse of the show courts - are able to do that.’
    • ‘I want the cosmopolitan feel of a newspaper that I know is also read by several hundred thousand of my compatriots at least.’
    fellow countryman, fellow countrywoman, countryman, countrywoman, fellow citizen, fellow national
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Late 16th century: from French compatriote, from late Latin compatriota (translating Greek sumpatriōtēs), from com- ‘together with’ + patriota (see patriot).