What word or phrase can describe people who come from the same place?

It's always nice to meet ______ in a foreign land

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    No research? What did you find and discard as unsuitable, and why?
    – tchrist
    Jan 8, 2023 at 18:42

4 Answers 4


This phrase, perhaps?

neck of the woods

Per Merriam-Webster, it means:

the place or area where someone lives

He's from my neck of the woods.

Although a bit clunky, you could say:

It's always nice to meet someone/people from one's neck of the woods in a foreign land.


If you know the endonym of the town (the noun naming the person who comes from there), you can use fellow (endonym).

It's always nice to meet a fellow Torontonian/Parisian/Berliner in a foreign land.

In general, you can use fellow citizen.

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    I doubt fellow citizen would be preferred over the ancient and pedestrian fellow countryman — or even the fancier fellow expat.
    – tchrist
    Jan 8, 2023 at 18:55
  • I focussed on the hometown part, which wouldn't fit with countryman.
    – ILEM World
    Jan 8, 2023 at 19:31

That would be a compatriot.

compatriot, n.
1. One who is of the same country with another; a fellow-countryman.
Source: Oxford English Dictionary

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PS: Someone from your hometown is from your country. Nonetheless, the word is also used more broadly to indicate a fellow [city/state/locale]-person . . .

One of her favorite singers was her hometown compatriot, James Lee. Lee came to Chicago as a teenager in the early 1930s and quickly aligned himself with emerging gospel singers Robert Anderson, Eugene Smith, and Theodore R. Frye.
The Golden Age of Gospel by Horace Clarence Boyer, 2000

Half a century after their days covering rock music, student demonstrations, flower children, and civil rights, Poppy said that he and George Leonard, his visionary California compatriot, would go to lunch near their office on Market Street in San Francisco and marvel at how “this was the best job we would ever have.”
Look — How a Highly Influential Magazine Helped Define Mid-Twentieth-Century America by Andrew L. Yarrow, 2021

Perhaps with the exception of her Boston compatriot Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin, editor of the New Era, a club magazine, her choice at this time was unprecedented.
Pauline E. Hopkins — A Literary Biography by Hanna Wallinger, 2012

Bob has been a Colorado mountain-town compatriot of mine for the past two decades, but through it all I have not been able to get him out of his mountain hermitage and onto the river.
The Monkey Wrench Dad by Ken Wright, 2012

  • Quoth Antony coming to bury Caesar not to praise him: “Friends, Romans, compatriots, lend me your ears!” :)
    – tchrist
    Jan 8, 2023 at 19:03
  • Countries often have more than one town. Jan 8, 2023 at 19:49
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    @EdwinAshworth — I updated my answer to address this. Jan 8, 2023 at 22:42

You could call them a(nother) hometown native, i.e. someone else native to your hometown.

Per Merriam-Webster, "native" in this sense can mean "one born or reared in a particular place" or "a person who has always lived in a place as distinguished from a visitor or a temporary resident."

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