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[pahy-sah-noh, -zah-; Spanish pahy-sah-naw]
noun, plural pai·sa·nos [pahy-sah-nohz, -zah-; Spanish pahy-sah-naws] /paɪˈsɑ noʊz, -ˈzɑ-; Spanish paɪˈsɑ nɔs/.
  1. paisan.
  2. Southwestern U.S.
    1. a rustic or peasant.
    2. a roadrunner.
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Origin of paisano

1835–45, Americanism; < Spanish < French paysan. See peasant
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Examples from the Web for paisano

Historical Examples

  • We got rid of our paisano with difficulty, and only under a promise to visit his chacra, somewhere in the vicinity, next morning.

    Atlantic Monthly Vol. 6, No. 33, July, 1860


  • They received the usual frank welcome of a paisano, and were told to dismount and unsaddle.

    Ponce de Leon

    William Pilling

  • Their cabalistic watchword was “Paisano” (fellow-countryman), their battle cry “Independence.”

  • Sick with expectancy of the news he feared, he rode up, dismounted, and dropped Paisano's reins.

British Dictionary definitions for paisano


noun plural -nos (-nəʊz, Spanish -nos) Southwestern US (often a term of address)
  1. informal a friend; pal
  2. a fellow countryman
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Word Origin

C20: via Spanish from French paysan peasant
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Word Origin and History for paisano

see paesan.

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