1A person who vigorously supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors.
loyalist, nationalist, lover of one's countryView synonyms
- ‘a true patriot’
2(also Patriot)trademark 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’.