Definition of paesano in English:

paesano

(also paisano)

noun

US
  • In early use: a person of Italian descent or birth; especially a rustic person, a villager. In later use (US): an Italian-American man; specifically a mafioso.

Origin

1920s; earliest use found in D. H. Lawrence (1885–1930), writer. From Italian paesano (fellow) countryman from paese country + Italian -ano.

Pronunciation

paesano

/pʌɪˈzɑːnəʊ/