patriot [pey-tree-uh t, -ot or, esp. British, pa-tree-uh t]
1. a person who loves, supports, and defends his or her country and its interests with devotion.
2. a person who regards himself or herself as a defender, especially of individual rights, against presumed interference by the federal government.
3. (initial capital letter) Military. a U.S. Army antiaircraft missile with a range of 37 miles (60 km) and a 200-pound (90 kg) warhead, launched from a tracked vehicle with radar and computer guidance and fire control.
Origin: 1590-1600; < Middle French patriote < Late Latin patriōta < Greek patriṓtēs fellow-countryman, lineage member
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