paisano

[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.

Origin of paisano

1835–45, Americanism; < Spanish < French paysan. See peasant
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British Dictionary definitions for paisano

paisano

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

Word Origin for paisano

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

see paesan.

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