Definition of Hiligaynon in English:


Line breaks: Hili|gay¦non
Pronunciation: /ˌhɪlɪˈgeɪnən

noun (plural same or Hiligaynons)

  • 1A member of a people inhabiting Panay, Negros, and other islands in the central Philippines.
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    • The Hiligaynon, like all Filipinos, enjoy watching television and going to the movies.
    • Visayas, especially Hiligaynons, now comprise the majority of people living within the province.
    • These are also part of our cultural heritage as Hiligaynons like the churches, old houses, old establishments, cemetery capillas, historical sites, etc.
  • 2 [mass noun] The Austronesian language of the Hiligaynon, with about 5 million speakers. Also called Ilonggo.
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    • Other regions of Panay have their own distinct speech forms, but these are mutually intelligible with Hiligaynon.
    • Half of the children were taught completely in English for four grades while other children were taught first for two years in Hiligaynon.


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  • Relating to the Hiligaynon or their language.
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    • The Hiligaynon language is the language of Iloilo province, which has come to be spoken throughout the Western Visayas region.

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