Partisan Par"ti*san (p[aum]r"t[i^]*zan), n. [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. [1913 Webster]

Both sides had their partisans in the colony. --Jefferson. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

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