Definition of partisan noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌpɑːtɪˈzæn//
    , BrE//ˈpɑːtɪzæn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːrtəzn//
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  1. 1a person who strongly supports a particular leader, group or idea synonym follower
  2. 2a member of an armed group that is fighting secretly against enemy soldiers who have taken control of its country By the end of 1944 German forces had driven the Italian partisans out of the region.
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent.: from French, via Italian dialect from Italian partigiano, from parte ‘part’ (from Latin pars, part-).
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