You're an expat if you live in a country other than the one in which you were born and raised. Some expats are sent by their companies to work in foreign countries.

If your grandparents retire and buy a house in Mexico near the beach, they're expats. The word is a shortened form of expatriate, and it generally refers to anyone who has chosen to live away from their native home country, either temporarily or permanently. Expatriate comes from the Latin roots ex-, "away from," and patria, "one's native country." It first meant "one who is banished," and later "one who chooses to live abroad."

Definitions of expat

n a person who is voluntarily absent from home or country

exile, expatriate
an exile who flees for safety
remittance man
an exile living on money sent from home
DP, displaced person, stateless person
a person forced to flee from home or country
Type of:
one that is absent or not in residence

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