An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (originating in the same place)
a. from the same country
¡Me acabo de enterar que somos paisanos!I just found out we're both from the same country!
b. from the same region
Laura es paisana tuya, quizá la conozcas.Laura is from the same region as you. Maybe you know her.
c. from the same place
Me encontré con unos estudiantes paisanos cuando fui a Praga.I met some students from the same place as me when I went to Prague.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
masculine or feminine noun
2. (person from the same country)
a. compatriot
Todos mis paisanos españoles extrañaban su país.All my Spanish compatriots missed their home country.
b. fellow countryman (masculine)
Me reúno de vez en cuando con mis paisanos para cenar y charlar un rato.I get together with my fellow countrymen occasionally for dinner and to chat for a while.
c. fellow countrywoman (feminine)
En la oficina hay varias paisanas mías.There are several fellow countrywomen of mine in the office.
3. (citizen)
a. civilian
Los paisanos paseaban por las calles a pesar de la amenaza de un atentado.The civilians were walking around the streets despite the threat of an attack.
4. (farm worker) (River Plate)
a. country person
Los paisanos están acostumbrados a vivir rodeados de naturaleza.Country people are used to being surrounded by nature.
b. peasant
Muchos paisanos se agobian cuando vienen a la ciudad por primera vez.Many peasants are overwhelmed when they first come to the city.
5. (nationality)
Regionalism used in Chile
a. Arab
Mi profesor de árabe es un paisano de Dubái.My Arabic teacher is an Arab from Dubai.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (del mismo país)
a. from the same country
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
2. (del mismo país; hombre)
a. compatriot, fellow countryman
3. (mujer)
a. compatriot, fellow countrywoman
4. (campesino)
a. country person, peasant
5. (civil)
a. civilian
de paisanoin civilian clothes
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paisanoa paisana
(del mismo país) from the same country; (de la misma región) from the same region; (del mismo pueblo) from the same town;
1 (civil) civilian
traje de paisano plain clothes
; (p)
vestir de paisano [+soldado] to be wearing civilian clothes; be in civvies (familiar); [+policía] to be in plain clothes
2 (del mismo país) compatriot; fellow countryman/countrywoman
es paisano mío he's a fellow countryman (of mine); (del mismo pueblo) person from the same town; (de la misma región) person from the same region
os voy a presentar a un paisano, castellano como yo este es un paisano, de mi pueblo
3 especialmente (Arg) (campesino) peasant
4 (S. Cone) (extranjero) foreigner; (S. Cone) (árabe) Arab; (México) (español) Spaniard; (And) (S. Cone) (chino) Chinaman/Chinese woman
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