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English definition of “patriot”

patriot

noun [C]  /ˈpeɪ·tri·ət, -ˌɑt/ us  
a person who loves his or her country and defends it when necessary US history A patriot during the American Revolution was a person who believed in or fought for independence from Britain
patriotic
adjective  /ˌpeɪ·triˈɑt̬·ɪk/ us  
Candidates love to associate themselves with patriotic values.
patriotism
noun [U]  /ˈpeɪ·tri·əˌtɪz·əm/ us  
This really calls into question his patriotism.
(Definition of patriot from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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