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Partisan, -izan, n. Also: -isand, -isen(e, -izen, -isine, -izone, -icane, -esane, -esene, -esin, -eson; partasome; also (? possess.) -isences. [e.m.E. partisan (1556), -yzyne (1557), -ison (1573–80), -esant (1583), pertison (1596), etc., 16th c. F. partizane, part(h)isane.]

1. A partisan, the military weapon. 1617 Edinb. B. Rec. VI. 157.
The ane half in gownis faiced with blak velvot and the uther half in partisanis
1632 Chron. Perth 33.
Ten scoir of men for guard all in quhyte doublattis and red breikis with partizanes
1639–40 Ruthven Corr. 41.
Ib. 50.
1640 Falkirk Baron Ct. 14 Feb.
Nyne pundis money as for the pryce of ane partasome
1641 Edinb. Test. LX. 15 b.
Ane gilt particane with ane freinȝie
1646 Ib. LXII. 74.
1647 Ib. LXIII. 66.
Ane litill partizone … vj lib.
c1650 Spalding I. 34.
Thir gallantis had dayntie moscatis pikis and gilded partisanis and suche like who gairdit his majestie
1650 Acts VI. ii. 633/2.
1660 Nicoll Diary 305.
16 companyes … weill provydit in thair best apperrell and cleir partizanes
1661 Glasgow B. Rec. II. 474.
1662 Ib. II. 492. 1679 Ib. III. 276.

2. Partisane-staff, partisences-stalff, partisane-speitstalff, id.(1) 1617 Chron. Perth 19.
He wes resauit vith … men … with partizen stalffis
1650 Edinb. Test. LXV. 14 b.
Ane partizen stalf worth iiij lib.
1650–1 Misc. Spald. C. V. 174.
Partisine stawis
1659 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 185.(2) 1632 Linlithgow B. Rec. 13 July.
The auld bailleis to go eftir the presentt bailleis with thair partisences stalff in thair handis
(3) 1631 Edinb. Test. LV. 42 b.
Ane pik and ane partesin speit stalff

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