dépaysé

adjective dé·pay·sé \¦dā(ˌ)pā¦zā\

Definition of dépaysé

  1. :  situated in unfamiliar surroundings :  being out of one's element :  displaced, astray lived in hope of being instructed to drive me to Biarritz, where among the other hired-car chauffeurs … he would feel less dépaysé — A. J. Liebling

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Origin and Etymology of dépaysé

French, from past participle of dépayser to remove (a person) from his element, from Old French despaisier to exile, from des- de- + pais region, country, from Medieval Latin pagensis of a region, from Latin pagus region, district, village + -ensis -ese — more at pagan


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