Partisan Definition

pärtĭ-zən
partisans
noun
partisans
A person who takes the part of or strongly supports one side, party, or person; often, specif., an unreasoning, emotional adherent.
Webster's New World
Any of a group of guerrilla fighters; esp., a member of an organized civilian force fighting covertly to drive out occupying enemy troops.
Webster's New World
A broad-bladed weapon with a long shaft, used esp. in the 16th cent.
Webster's New World

(historical) A spear with a triangular, double-edged blade.

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nonpartisan
adjective
Of, like, or characteristic of a partisan.
Webster's New World
Biased in support of a party, group, or cause.
Partisan politics.
American Heritage
Blindly or unreasonably devoted.
Webster's New World
Of or having to do with military partisans.
Webster's New World
A partisan is defined as someone or something that shows support or favoritism towards a particular cause, person or party.
An example of partisan is a left-wing newspaper which supports the democrats.
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Other Word Forms of Partisan

Noun

Singular:
partisan
Plural:
partisans

Origin of Partisan

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • French from Old French from Old Italian dialectal partisano variant of Old Italian partigiano from parte part from Latin pars part- part

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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).

    From Wiktionary

  • French partizane from Italian dialectal (arma) partisana partisan (weapon) feminine sing. of partisano supporter partisan1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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