Definitions for PATRIOTˈpeɪ tri ət, -ˌɒt; esp. Brit. ˈpæ tri ət

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pa•tri•otˈpeɪ tri ət, -ˌɒt; esp. Brit. ˈpæ tri ət(n.)

  1. a person who loves, supports, and defends his or her country and its interests.

    Category: Government

  2. a person who regards himself or herself as a defender, esp. of individual rights, against presumed interference by the federal government.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  3. (cap.) a U.S. Army antiaircraft missile launched from a tracked vehicle with radar and computer guidance.

    Category: Military

Origin of patriot:

1590–1600; < MF patriote < LL patriōta < Gk patriṓtēs fellow-countryman, lineage member

Princeton's WordNet

  1. patriot, nationalist(noun)

    one who loves and defends his or her country


  1. patriot(Noun)

    A person who loves and zealously supports and defends his or her country.

  2. Patriot(ProperNoun)

    A US surface-to-air missile system.

  3. Patriot(ProperNoun)

    An individual Patriot missile

  4. Origin: From the patriote around 1600, from patriota from the πατριώτης, from πατρίς, from πατήρ.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Patriot(noun)

    one who loves his country, and zealously supports its authority and interests

  2. Patriot(adj)

    becoming to a patriot; patriotic


  1. Patriot

    Patriots were the colonists of the British Thirteen United Colonies who violently rebelled against British control during the American Revolution and in July 1776 declared the United States of America an independent nation. Their rebellion was based on the political philosophy of republicanism, as expressed by pamphleteers, such as Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and Thomas Paine. As a group, Patriots represented a wide array of social, economic, ethnic and racial backgrounds. They included lawyers like John Adams and Alexander Hamilton; planters like Thomas Jefferson and George Mason; merchants like Alexander McDougall and ordinary farmers like Daniel Shays and Joseph Plumb Martin.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    One who is willing to take all of Uncle Sam's bonds in a lump.

Translations for PATRIOT

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a person who loves (and serves) his country

Many terrorists consider themselves to be patriots fighting for freedom.

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