Pronunciation: (pā'trē-ut, -ot" or, esp. Brit., pa'trē-ut), [key]
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, esp. of individual rights, against presumed interference by the federal government.
3. (cap.) Mil.a U.S. Army antiaircraft missile with a range of 37 mi. (60 km) and a 200-lb. (90 kg) warhead, launched from a tracked vehicle with radar and computer guidance and fire control.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.