partisan

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English[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈpɑː.tɪˌzæn/, /ˌpɑː.təˈzæn/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈpɑɹ.tɪ.zən/, /ˈpɑɹ.tə.zən/
  • (file)

Etymology 1[edit]

From French partisan, from Italian partigiano(defender of a party), from parte(part). English from the mid-16th century. The sense of "guerilla fighter" is from c. 1690. The adjective in the military sense dates from the early 18th century, in the political sense since 1842.

Noun[edit]

partisan ‎(plural partisans)

  1. An adherent to a party or faction.
  2. A fervent, sometimes militant, supporter or proponent of a party, cause, faction, person, or idea.
  3. A member of a band of detached light, irregular troops acting behind occupying enemy lines in the ways of harassment or sabotage; a guerrilla fighter
  4. (now rare) The commander of a body of detached light troops engaged in making forays and harassing an enemy.
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Adjective[edit]

partisan ‎(comparative more partisan, superlative most partisan)

  1. Serving as commander or member of a body of detached light troops: as, a partisan officer or corps.
  2. Adherent to a party or faction; especially, having the character of blind, passionate, or unreasonable adherence to a party
    They were blinded by partisan zeal.
  3. Devoted to or biased in support of a party, group, or cause: partisan politics.
    • 2012 June 19, Phil McNulty, “England 1-0 Ukraine”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      England will regard it as a measure of justice for Frank Lampard's disallowed goal against Germany in Bloemfontein at the 2010 World Cup - but it was also an illustration of how they rode their luck for long periods in front of a predictably partisan home crowd.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle French partizaine, partisanne et al., from Italian partigiana, related to Etymology 1, above (apparently because it was seen as a typical weapon of such forces).

Noun[edit]

partisan ‎(plural partisans)

  1. (historical) A long-handled spear with a triangular, double-edged blade having lateral projections, in some forms also used in boar hunting. Obsolescent after the 17th century until revived by Sir Walter Scott.[1]
    • Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra:
      I had as lief have a reed that will do me no service as a partisan I could not heave.
    • Sir Walter Scott, The Talisman:
      Salisbury and his attendants were also now drawing near, with bills and partisans brandished, and bows already bended.
  2. (obsolete) A soldier armed with such a weapon.
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  1. ^ Oxford English Dictionary

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Italian partigiano.

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Noun[edit]

partisan m ‎(plural partisans)

  1. supporter, proponent, advocate

Adjective[edit]

partisan m ‎(feminine singular partisane, masculine plural partisans, feminine plural partisanes)

  1. partisan, partial
  2. in favour of

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Norman[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French partisan.

Noun[edit]

partisan m ‎(plural partisans)

  1. (Jersey) supporter

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Norwegian Wikipedia has an article on:
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Sovjetiske partisaner i Hviterussland i 1943 (Soviet partisans in Belarus 1943)

Etymology[edit]

From Italian partigiano, via French partisan

Noun[edit]

partisan m ‎(definite singular partisanen, indefinite plural partisaner, definite plural partisanene)

  1. a partisan (member of an armed group)

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Italian partigiano, via French partisan

Noun[edit]

partisan m ‎(definite singular partisanen, indefinite plural partisanar, definite plural partisanane)

  1. a partisan (member of an armed group)

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