Definition of paisan in English:

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Pronunciation: /pʌɪˈzɑːn/


US informal
(Among people of Italian or Spanish descent) a fellow countryman or friend (often as a term of address).
Example sentences
  • In ‘Life Is Beautiful,’ Benigni is a paisan from the Tuscany countryside who comes rolling down the mountains into the town of Arezzo to seek his fortune.


From Italian paisano 'peasant, rustic'.

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