Definition of expatriate in English:



  • 1A person who lives outside their native country.

    ‘American expatriates in London’
    • ‘Government policy is designed to improve and promote opportunities in New Zealand, and it looks to attract highly skilled and talented people, including expatriates.’
    • ‘An American expatriate now living in Barcelona, Spain, she and her husband teach English and French.’
    • ‘The Island sounded a similar call, noting that Sri Lankan expatriates had telephoned the newspaper requesting that it promote national unity.’
    • ‘In Manila and Jakarta, the situation was somewhat better with tourists and foreign expatriates apparently not disturbed by the horrific events in Bali.’
    • ‘Some 305,000 expatriates (around 12 percent of the electorate) were eligible to vote.’
    • ‘I'd also want to know if he's ever considered becoming an expatriate.’
    • ‘They may be employed in retail stores, cafes or holiday resorts, serving the needs of tourists, or as housekeepers in the homes of expatriates, but they return each day to a dismal shanty area.’
    • ‘A community of foreign expatriates who have taken Vincentian citizenship live in the southeast section of the main island.’
    • ‘It is based on misinformation from foreign-funded expatriates.’
    • ‘The majority of these so-called expatriates have come to the Gulf from desperately poor neighbouring regions of Asia and Africa.’
    • ‘The report points out there are at least 1.5 million skilled expatriates from developing countries employed in western Europe, the United States, Australia and Japan.’
    • ‘The Minister of Immigration is looking at how to encourage more migration back by expatriates, and he will be looking for input and ideas from employers.’
    • ‘Will refugees or expatriates, who may be well educated and have experience and skills, choose to return to East Timor?’
    • ‘His brief was to ‘create investment opportunities’ for expatriates in the fledgling economy.’
    • ‘The lines of men and women outside polling stations were expatriates casting early votes for a new government.’
    • ‘It is also ironic that the articulation of national characteristics is an enterprise dominated by immigrants and expatriates.’
    • ‘The tax plan was primarily aimed at French expatriates who dominate the state administration and enjoy a far higher standard of living than most of the indigenous population.’
    • ‘The school follows the U.K. National Curriculum of teaching and all teachers are native English speaking expatriates, recruited predominantly from the U.K.’
    • ‘The truth is that an American expatriate has a foreign income exclusion.’
    • ‘British expatriates monopolized the upper echelons of the civil service until the late 1980s.’
    newcomer, settler, incomer, new arrival, migrant, emigrant
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    1. 1.1archaic An exile.
      emigrant, non-native, émigré, migrant, economic migrant, guest worker
      displaced person, refugee, exile
      expat, dp
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  • 1Denoting or relating to a person living outside their native country.

    ‘expatriate workers’
    • ‘The European Union was more frank, when it withdrew its expatriate staff last week because of what it described as the ‘general tension and uncertainty’ in the country.’
    • ‘Do expatriate writers and artists create cultural continuums that have more to do with a sense of regional internationalism than the binary of motherland and exile?’
    • ‘Women are very happy to work extremely hard on a project when an outsider such as an expatriate advisor or consultant, takes responsibility but will not take the initiative to begin a process.’
    • ‘He is an expatriate rebel leader from the Spanish Civil War living in France.’
    • ‘A large part of the business remains the broadcasting of sport to expatriate communities.’
    • ‘This court normally comprises expatriate judges, currently including representatives from Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.’
    • ‘This became a major issue as the population of expatriate children fluctuated; little English was spoken outside of group activities.’
    • ‘However, even after Independence in 1947, British expatriate firms did not suddenly divest from India.’
    • ‘The information is used to assist multinational companies in determining compensation allowances for their expatriate workers.’
    • ‘The only people who turned up for work were expatriate teachers in management and those on temporary contracts.’
    • ‘The journal started its existence in 1930 by soliciting the opinions of expatriate writers about Proust's art and its possible influence.’
    • ‘Fiji's Court of Appeal - comprised of expatriate judges - ordered the restoration of the Constitution and the staging of elections.’
    • ‘A multinational firm gives cash to immigration officials so they will promptly grant legitimate visa requests for their expatriate employees.’
    • ‘Just under 100 expatriate workers are still trapped on the four rigs.’
    • ‘It was a golden opportunity for him to see the living conditions of expatriate labourers who live in the camps, braving the scorching heat and adverse conditions.’
    • ‘A great deal is expected of expatriate workers, but many organisations underestimate the nature and severity of the difficulties faced by workers when they go abroad.’
    • ‘Malaria-related health insurance costs for expatriate workers and their families provide a powerful disincentive for manufacturing activities.’
    • ‘Most avant-garde works, if they sell at all, go to expatriate business-people and diplomats - and now to Western art dealers and museum curators on buying trips.’
    • ‘Striking oil workers holding expatriate staff hostage agreed to release them on Friday.’
    • ‘During the negotiation stages, project developers who are mostly expatriate men are usually reluctant to work outside frameworks that are considered customary.’
    emigrant, living abroad, working abroad, non-native, émigré
    displaced, refugee, exiled
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    1. 1.1archaic Expelled from one's native country.
      • ‘She also incarnates expatriate women, like Hooda, living in exile in London.’
      • ‘Expatriate Saudis living in London, notionally providing opposition in exile, had been bought off long ago.’
      • ‘It is estimated about 150,000 exiled and expatriate Iraqis in the UK are eligible to vote in the January 30 election.’
      • ‘Do you consider yourself an expatriate writer, and if so, what does your exile serve?’
      • ‘An eclectic collection of expatriate figures in exile have found it difficult to unite over common principles.’


  • Send (a person or money) abroad.

    ‘we expatriated the prisoners of war immediately after the end of the war’
    ‘people that have illegally expatriated funds’
    ‘money found to have been expatriated to Singapore banks’
    ‘the poet was then expatriated from France’
    [no object] ‘candidates should be willing to expatriate’
    • ‘The current project focuses on measuring ‘gravitational’ issues, as they affect skilled professionals currently expatriated from New Zealand.’
    • ‘I am American, sometimes I wish I could expatriate but at the moment that just isn't an option.’
    • ‘In 1952, he expatriated to France because of racism; and in 1955, he moved to Madrid, Spain, where he spent the last thirty-six years of his life.’
    • ‘Many who expatriated will return to invest their money.’
    • ‘He expatriated from New Orleans in 1980.’
    settle abroad, live abroad, relocate abroad
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Mid 18th century (as a verb): from medieval Latin expatriat- gone out from one's country, from the verb expatriare, from ex- out + patria native country.