Definition of patriot in English:



  • 1A person who vigorously supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors.

    ‘a true patriot’
    • ‘They are true patriots at a time when patriotism is under attack.’
    • ‘The following night partisans and patriots occupy the regional government buildings and barracks.’
    • ‘Almost every decade some dismal group of self-proclaimed patriots mobilises to repel a new invasion or subversive threat.’
    • ‘Those whose loyalty was to their goods could not be true patriots.’
    • ‘He was a patriot grappling with questions of emancipation, dependence, neocolonialism, and the creation of a genuine social revolution.’
    • ‘Both her paternal and maternal relatives were American patriots who vigorously supported the new republic of the United States of America.’
    • ‘To me, a true patriot is one whose allegiance is to freedom, not to flags.’
    • ‘Along the way, he proves that a true patriot is one who defends his or her country's finest ideals.’
    • ‘Each generation of Americans has been called upon to produce patriots, patriots willing to dedicate their lives to the defense of liberty.’
    • ‘I believe I'm more of a patriot and more jingoistic than these people who see me as a radical.’
    • ‘He wasn't a total genius - he was a true patriot, but not a total genius.’
    • ‘Third, we cannot do our duty as citizens and patriots if we pursue an agenda that polarizes and divides our country.’
    • ‘It's the irony of the situation today that those who claim to be Indian patriots supported British rule.’
    • ‘It is people like you who are the true patriots, and people like them, who betray the rule of law at their whim, who are the traitors.’
    • ‘I used to be a true patriot of our country and I turned into something really horrible.’
    • ‘All Iraqi patriots, they reason, would support such a solution.’
    • ‘We are not hostile or petty little nationalists, but true patriots of Yorkshire.’
    • ‘He is a fierce patriot and will support Canada at every turn.’
    • ‘All the founders had been passionate patriots during the American Revolution and ardent nationalists once the Republic was established.’
    • ‘The Revolution itself divided the populace, with patriots and loyalists battling one another for control of what each saw as their country.’
    nationalist, loyalist
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  • 2trademark in UK An automated surface-to-air missile designed for early detection and interception of incoming missiles or aircraft.


Late 16th century: from French patriote, from late Latin patriota ‘fellow countryman’, from Greek patriōtēs, from patrios ‘of one's fathers’, from patris ‘fatherland’.