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 (pī-zä′nō) also pai·san (-zän′)
n. pl. pai·sa·nos also pai·sans
1. A countryman; a compatriot.
2. Slang A friend; a pal.

[Spanish, from French paysan, from Old French paisant, peasant; see peasant.]
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1. (Peoples) a fellow countryman
2. (Peoples) US an Italian-American
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"Hey, paisan -- same as usual," said John O'Rourke to Mr.
In 1947, the site of the old opera house became a sinehan that opened on April 14 with a first-time local screening of the Gregory Peck-Jennifer Jones starrer Duel in The Sun, then two Roberto Rossellini films, Paisan and Open City.
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Born in Tuscany on 1929, Vittorio originally studied law at the University of Pisa alongside his brother, and took an interest in Cinema after viewing director Roberto Rossellini's 1946 film "Paisan".
I realize now that somewhere along the way Dave went from paisan to consigliere, offering advice and encouragement on how to get through the most difficult of things.
We thank Paisan Jitthrontham, Research Center, Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, for technical assistance.
Paisan et al., "Severe spondylocostal dysostosis associated with other congenital anomalies: a clinical/epidemiologic analysis and description of ten cases from the Spanish registry," American Journal of Medical Genetics, vol.
El proyecto, redactado por los arquitectos de la Direccion General de Arquitectura Luis Diaz-Guerra y Milla y Ramiro Avendano Paisan, y atribuido con frecuencia al reconocido arquitecto Luis Moya Blanco, se aprobo en 1941 y fue modificado en 1944.
In Paisan (1946), the second film in Roberto Rossellini's wartime trilogy, a drunken African American soldier named Joe meets Pasquale, a young Neapolitan urchin.
Jirachaya Wanichanuwat, Alongkorn Pugasub, Paisan Jittorntam, Anucha Kongsomgan, and Supanna Petraksa participated in the data acquisition and analysis.
"Paisan" from Italy earned a nomination while "The Hasty Heart" and "Sands of Iwo Jima" garnered five.