Definition of paisan in English:

paisan

noun

US
informal
  • (among people of Italian or Spanish descent) a fellow countryman or friend (often as a term of address).

    • ‘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.’
    companion, boon companion, bosom friend, best friend, close friend, intimate, confidante, confidant, familiar, soul mate, alter ego, second self, shadow, playmate, playfellow, classmate, schoolmate, workmate, ally, comrade, associate
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Origin

From Italian paisano ‘peasant, rustic’.

Pronunciation

paisan

/pʌɪˈzɑːn/