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paisano

[ pahy-sah-noh, -zah-; Spanish pahy-sah-naw ]
/ paɪˈsɑ noʊ, -ˈzɑ-; Spanish paɪˈsɑ nɔ /
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noun, plural pai·sa·nos [pahy-sah-nohz, -zah-; Spanish pahy-sah-naws]. /paɪˈsɑ noʊz, -ˈzɑ-; Spanish paɪˈsɑ nɔs/.
a person who shares one’s place of origin; compatriot.
Informal. a pal; buddy; compadre.
Southwestern U.S.
  1. a person who lives in a rural area; farm laborer; rustic.
  2. a roadrunner.
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Also pai·san [pahy-zahn] /paɪˈzɑn/ (for defs. 1, 2).

Origin of paisano

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45; from Spanish, from French paysan; see peasant
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British Dictionary definitions for paisano

paisano
/ (paɪˈsɑːnəʊ, Spanish paiˈsano) /

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

Word Origin for paisano

C20: via Spanish from French paysan peasant
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