Definition for PAR'TI-SAN

PAR'TI-SAN, n. [s as z. Fr. from parti, partir.]

  1. An adherent to a party or faction. – Addison.
  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 dextrous in obtaining intelligence, intercepting convoys or otherwise annoying an enemy.
  4. A commander's leading staff. – Ainsworth.
  5. A kind of halbert. [Fr. pertuisane; It. partigiano.]

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