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What does Ex-Pat stand for/mean?

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Thread Starter 
I've always wondered what ExPat was short for, stood for. Anyone know where this term came from?
post #2 of 7
expatriate.
post #3 of 7
All it means (that I know of) is a shortening of the word expatriate. Here is the deffinition on dictionary.com:

http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=expatriate
post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 
thank you
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I have a very personal definition, which I edited out.

Some expats are great! Like me!

Nevermind.
post #6 of 7
It is Latin.

EX - out of

PATRIA - country of origin

Therefore, someone who leaves their country of birth and emigrates, ie, lives in another country.

other words - patriotic, patriot, repatriation.
post #7 of 7
Quote:
Originally Posted by ParisMaman
Some expats are great! Like me!
And me!
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