Definition of Filipino in English:


Syllabification: Fil·i·pi·no
Pronunciation: /ˌfiləˈpēnō
(also Pilipino)

noun (plural Filipinos)

  • 1 (feminine Filipina /ˌfiləˈpēnə/) A native or national of the Philippines, or a person of Filipino descent.
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    • And peace is something Filipinos in the southern Philippines have been waiting a long, long time for.
    • Catholic priests immediately began to convert the native Filipinos to Catholicism.
    • There are many Filipinos teaching in Thai schools around the nation.
  • 2The national language of the Philippines, a standardized form of Tagalog.
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    • The official languages are Filipino, which is based on Tagalog with words from other native languages, and English.
    • Among the immigrant population, English, Hindi, Urdu, Farsi, and Filipino are spoken.
    • The playwrights quote texts in Filipino, the language of nationalism in the Philippines.


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  • Relating to the Philippines, the Filipinos, or their language.
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    • Later, journalists tracked him down to the Philippines, but the Filipino authorities were strangely unable to find him.
    • However, the US ‘liberators’ of the Philippines would not allow Filipino troops to enter Manila, and refused to let them take part in the formal Spanish surrender.
    • Thousands of US soldiers recently returned from the Philippines after training Filipino soldiers.


Spanish, from las Islas Filipinas 'the Philippine Islands'.

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