Definition of Tagalog in English:

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Pronunciation: /təˈɡäləɡ/ Pronunciation: /təˈɡälôɡ/


1A member of a people originally of central Luzon in the Philippine Islands.
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  • Recruiting efforts after 1909 centered on the Visayan Islands, Cebu in particular, and Luzon's Tagalogs.
  • The major ethnolinguistic groups that have shaped politics in the Philippines were the Tagalogs, Ilocanos, and Pampangans of Luzon, the Cebuanos of the Visayas, and the Muslim Maranaos and Tausugs of Mindanao.
  • Men were recruited from as far away as Albay in the Bicol region and even Panay in the Visayas though the majority of workers were Tagalogs, Pangasinans, Pampangans, Igorots and increasingly Ilocanos.
2The Austronesian language of the Tagalog. Its vocabulary has been much influenced by Spanish and English, and it is the basis of a standardized national language of the Philippines (Filipino).
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  • Discounting English, he's fluent in French, Spanish, Chinese and Tagalog, a Filipino language.
  • Church services in San Francisco, as in most major urban areas, are offered in many languages, including Tagalog, Spanish, Vietnamese, Arabic, Korean, Polish, Mandarin, and Cantonese.
  • The opera is sung mostly in Japanese, and some parts in English, Tagalog and Spanish, with the Filipino soloists also singing in Japanese.


Relating to the Tagalog or their language.
Example sentences
  • I couldn't think of the Tagalog word for ‘brave’.
  • As I've mentioned before, I wrote a paper on Tagalog semantics.
  • Is it true that you and your brothers have all pure Tagalog names?


The name in Tagalog, from tagá 'native' + ilog 'river'.

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Syllabification: Ta·ga·log

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