Definition of paysan in English:


Line breaks: pay¦san
Pronunciation: /peɪˈzɒ̃
, peizɑ̃/


A peasant or countryman, especially in France: (as plural noun the paysan) only the most marginal of the paysan kept up practical plant and animal lore
More example sentences
  • In recent years, the imitation of French culture has led people to refer to the ‘provinces’ and to their inhabitants as paysans - ‘peasants.’
  • Most people find this gives the place a pretty charming air of dereliction, and it's a lot quieter, less shiny and less choked with paysans than cities on the Italian, or even the European mainland.
  • In his autobiography, one small farmer from the first half of the twentieth century was happy to call himself a paysan but carefully termed his son, a farmer of the second half, a cultivateur.



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