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Webster 1913 Edition


Partisan

Par′ti-san

(pär′tĭ-zan)
,
Noun.
[F., fr. It.
partigiano
. See
Party
, and cf.
Partisan
a truncheon.]
[Written also
partizan
.]
1.
An adherent to a party or faction; esp., one who is strongly and passionately devoted to a party or an interest.
“The violence of a partisan.”
Macaulay.
Both sides had their
partisans
in the colony.
Jefferson.
2.
(Mil.)
(a)
The commander of a body of detached light troops engaged in making forays and harassing an enemy.
(b)
Any member of such a corps.

Par′ti-san

,
Adj.
[Written also
partizan
.]
1.
Adherent to a party or faction; especially, having the character of blind, passionate, or unreasonable adherence to a party;
as, blinded by
partisan
zeal
.
2.
(Mil.)
Serving as a partisan in a detached command;
as, a
partisan
officer or corps
.
Partisan ranger
(Mil.)
,
a member of a partisan corps.

Par′ti-san

,
Noun.
[F.
pertuisane
, prob. fr. It.
partigiana
, influenced in French by OF.
pertuisier
to pierce. It was prob. so named as the weapon of some
partisans
, or party men. Cf.
Partisan
one of a corps of light troops.]
A kind of halberd or pike; also, a truncheon; a staff.
And make him with our pikes and
partisans
a grave.
Shakespeare

Webster 1828 Edition


Partisan

P`ARTISAN

,
Noun.
s as z.
1.
An adherent to a party or faction.
2.
In war, the commander of a party or detachment of troops, sent on a special enterprise hence,
3.
By way of distinction, a person able in commanding a party, or dexterous in obtaining intelligence, intercepting convoys or otherwise annoying an enemy.
4.
A commander's leading staff.
5.
A kind of halbert.

Definition 2022


Partisan

Partisan

See also: partisan

German

Noun

Partisan m (genitive Partisanen, plural Partisanen)

  1. partisan (member of a body of detached light troops)

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English

Alternative forms

Noun

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.
Related terms
Translations

Adjective

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; as, 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:
      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

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

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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References

  1. Oxford English Dictionary

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French

Etymology

From Italian partigiano.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /paʁtisɑ̃/

Noun

partisan m (plural partisans)

  1. supporter, proponent, advocate

Adjective

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

  1. partisan, partial
  2. in favour of

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Norman

Etymology

Borrowing from French partisan.

Noun

partisan m (plural partisans)

  1. (Jersey) supporter

Norwegian Bokmål

Sovjetiske partisaner i Hviterussland i 1943 (Soviet partisans in Belarus 1943)

Etymology

From Italian partigiano, via French partisan

Noun

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

Etymology

From Italian partigiano, via French partisan

Noun

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

  1. a partisan (member of an armed group)

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