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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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(paɪˈsɑːnəʊ; Spanish paiˈsano)
(often a term of address) n, pl -nos (-nəʊz; Spanish -nos)
1. informal a friend; pal
2. a fellow countryman
[C20: via Spanish from French paysan peasant]
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(paɪˈsɑ noʊ, -ˈzɑ-)

n., pl. -nos.
1. compatriot; countryman.
2. Slang. pal; buddy.
[1835–45, Amer.; < Sp < French paysan. See peasant]
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