Share this entry

Share this page

paisano

Line breaks: pai|sano
Pronunciation: /pʌɪˈsɑːnəʊ
 
, -ˈzɑː-/

Definition of paisano in English:

noun (plural paisanos /-əʊz/)

US
A peasant of Spanish or Italian ethnic origin.
Example sentences
  • He is decidedly sympathetic to Native Americans, paisanos (Spanish and Mexican laborers), and other working classes.
  • That is, subgroups of Huejuquillenses maintain high degrees of social interaction, sometimes translated into solidarities with their fellow paisanos, depending on the familial or quasi-familial ties that bound them.
  • The novel focuses upon the paisanos of the Monterey area, paralleling their lives with those of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.

Origin

Spanish.

Definition of paisano in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day resilient
Pronunciation: rɪˈzɪlɪənt
adjective
able to recoil or spring back into shape…