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paesano

[ pahy-zon-oh ]
/ pa瑟藞z蓲n藢o蕣 /
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Definition of paesano

noun, plural pae路sa路ni [pahy-zon-ee], /pa瑟藞z蓲n i/, pae路san路os [pahy-zon-ohz]. /pa瑟藞z蓲n o蕣z/.
a person who shares one鈥檚 place of origin; a compatriot, especially among Italians or people of Italian descent.
a person associated with the Italian mafia; mafioso.
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Also pae路san [pahy-zahn] /pa瑟藞z蓱n/ .

Origin of paesano

First recorded in 1930鈥35; from Italian; literally, 鈥渃ountryman, fellow countryman,鈥 from Late Latin adjective and noun p膩g膿nsis 鈥減ertaining to the country or a country district; an inhabitant of the country鈥; see also pagan, peasant

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How to use paesano in a sentence

  • He has said that to her, the common-place daughter of the "Paesano" Niccolo Gallioti.

  • If the man is in the city some "landsmann," some "paesano" has seen him, and knows where he is to be found.

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