pa-tri-ot / pā-trē-ət, pā-trē-ŏt
1. one who loves and defends his country and supports its way of life
Liberty is a constant battle between government; who would limit it, people; who would concede it, and patriots; who would defend it.
Samuel R. Young, Jr., ?
Derived from the ancient Greek noun patriotes (fellow countryman).
Thanks to Allen Ward for providing this etymology.