There are 2 main definitions of Manila in English:

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Manila 1

Pronunciation: /məˈnɪlə/
The capital and chief port of the Philippines, on the island of Luzon; population 1,660,700 (est. 2007).

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There are 2 main definitions of Manila in English:

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Manila 2

Pronunciation: /məˈnɪlə/
(also Manilla)


1 (also Manila hemp) [mass noun] The strong fibre of a Philippine plant, used for rope, matting, paper, etc.
  • The plant is Musa textilis, family Musaceae
Example sentences
  • Manila paper is made chiefly from old Manila hemp ropes and is valuable as a strong wrapping paper.
  • Therefore, we arrived at a feasible product through mixing the silk fiber with the Manila hemp fiber.
  • Sansevieria or bow-string hemp has been tested in Florida as a possible substitute for Manila hemp.
1.1 (also Manila paper) Strong brown paper, originally made from Manila hemp: [as modifier]: he took a brown manila folder from a drawer
More example sentences
  • The assembly saw delegates housed in five-star hotels and carrying upmarket Bonia-brand bags, instead of the usual Manila paper envelopes.
  • Marie just rolled her eyes and turned her attention back to the piece of thick Manila paper the teacher was handing out.
  • The bearded man left the room and returned a moment later carrying two thick Manila folders which he handed to Cain.
2A cigar or cheroot made in Manila: [as modifier]: her favourite Manila stogies


Late 17th century (as an adjective meaning 'from Manila'): from Manila1.

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