Definition of partisan in English:


Line breaks: par¦ti|san
Pronunciation: /ˈpɑːtɪzan
, ˌpɑːtɪˈzan


  • 2A member of an armed group formed to fight secretly against an occupying force, in particular one operating in German-occupied Yugoslavia, Italy, and parts of eastern Europe in the Second World War: the partisans opened fire from the woods [as modifier]: it is not in the nature of partisan warfare to produce victory in the field
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    • Giovanni Pesce fought with the partisans during the Second World War.
    • Whether the same is true in the realm of the very small - the warfare of guerrillas, partisans, and terrorists - is more difficult to say.
    • He reminded listeners that in 1943 Yugoslav partisans in Serbia fought against numerically superior German forces and won.
    guerrilla, freedom fighter, resistance fighter, member of the resistance, underground fighter, irregular soldier, irregular; terrorist


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mid 16th century: from French, via Italian dialect from Italian partigiano, from parte 'part' (from Latin pars, part-).

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