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[pee-zuh; Italian pee-zah] /ˈpi zə; Italian ˈpi zɑ/
a city in NW Italy, on the Arno River: leaning tower.
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Pisan, adjective, noun Unabridged
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  • This clever monk initiated me into all the charms of pisan society.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • How are we to manage the war with those obstinate pisan rebels?

    Romola George Eliot
  • Nicolo the pisan: Nicolo pisano, architect and sculptor, b. ab.

  • With Giudice fell the last remains of pisan ascendency in Corsica.

    Wanderings in Corsica, Vol. 1 of 2 Ferdinand Gregorovius
  • But of this second siege it is only a pisan commentator that speaks.

  • They went across to the baptistery to see the pulpit of Nicolo the pisan.

    Dorothy and other Italian Stories Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • "Bernardo Sarriano and the pisan galleys," he turned to Francesco.

    The Hill of Venus Nathan Gallizier
  • All of these things entered into the very fiber of their pisan days.

    The Brownings

    Lilian Whiting
  • The word 'o'erflow' is, in the pisan edition, printed as two words—'o'er flow.'

    Adonais Shelley
  • I reproduce the punctuation of the pisan edition, with a colon after 'his own,' and a semicolon after 'sorrow.'

    Adonais Shelley
British Dictionary definitions for pisan


/ˈpiːzə; Italian ˈpiːsa/
a city in Tuscany, NW Italy, near the mouth of the River Arno: flourishing maritime republic (11th–12th centuries), contains a university (1343), a cathedral (1063), and the Leaning Tower (begun in 1174 and about 5 m (17 ft) from perpendicular); tourism. Pop: 89 694 (2001)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for pisan


Italian city, from Etruscan, of uncertain meaning. Related: Pisan.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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