[pahy-sah-noh, -zah-; Spanish pahy-sah-naw]
- Southwestern U.S.
- a rustic or peasant.
- a roadrunner.
Origin of paisano
1835–45, Americanism; < Spanish < French paysan. See peasant
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Examples from the Web for paisano
We got rid of our paisano with difficulty, and only under a promise to visit his chacra, somewhere in the vicinity, next morning.
They received the usual frank welcome of a paisano, and were told to dismount and unsaddle.Ponce de Leon
Their cabalistic watchword was “Paisano” (fellow-countryman), their battle cry “Independence.”The American Occupation of the Philippines 1898-1912
James H. Blount
Sick with expectancy of the news he feared, he rode up, dismounted, and dropped Paisano's reins.Heart of the West
- informal a friend; pal
- a fellow countryman
C20: via Spanish from French paysan peasant
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Word Origin and History for paisano
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