Pa"tri*ot (?), n. [F. patriote; cf. Sp. patriota, It. patriotto; all fr. Gr. ? a fellow-countryman, fr. ? established by forefathers, fr. ? father. See Father.] One who loves his country, and zealously supports its authority and interests. Bp. Hall.

Such tears as patriots shaed for dying laws.

Pa"tri*ot, a. Becoming to a patriot; patriotic.