Definition of compatriot in English:



  • A fellow citizen or national of a country.

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