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paesano

[ pahy-zon-oh ]
/ paɪˈzɒnˌoʊ /
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noun, plural pae·sa·ni [pahy-zon-ee], /paɪˈzɒn i/, pae·san·os [pahy-zon-ohz]. /paɪˈzɒn oʊz/.

a person who shares one’s 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·san [pahy-zahn] /paɪˈzɑn/ .

Origin of paesano

First recorded in 1930–35; from Italian; literally, “countryman, fellow countryman,” from Late Latin adjective and noun pāgēnsis “pertaining to the country or a country district; an inhabitant of the country”; see also pagan, peasant

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Example sentences from the Web for paesano

  • 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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