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 (bĭ-sī′ən, -sä′-) also Bi·sa·ya (-sī′ə, -sä′-)
Variant of Visayan.

Bi·sa′yan adj.


(Peoples) a variant of Visayan


(vɪˈsaɪ ən)

also Bisayan

1. a member of any of a group of peoples living in the Visayan Islands.
2. the closely related Austronesian languages of these peoples.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Bisayan - a member of the most numerous indigenous people of the Philippines
Philippines, Republic of the Philippines - a republic on the Philippine Islands; achieved independence from the United States in 1946
Cebuan - inhabitant of the island of Cebu; a member of the Visayan people of the Philippines
Filipino - a native or inhabitant of the Philippines
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Duterte, who admits being the son of a Bisayan settler in Davao, now claims to have Moro (also Chinese) blood from his ancestors.
Here's just one description of the fashionista indio: 'The garments and dresses of Bisayan women consist of some blankets with diverse colored stripes made of cotton.
History of the Bisayan people in the Philippine Islands.
1) For some reconstruction of the Bisayan past, see Araneta & Bernad 1960; Bewsher 1962; Carroll 1960; Nicholl 1980a; Sandin 1972.
BABAYLON, WHICH TAKES its title from the Bisayan word for priestess-poet, is an anthology divided into three sections of short fiction, poetry, and poetry in translation (in English as well as Tagalog, Cebuano, Kinaray-a, and Ilocano).
One of the papers presented was 'Surat Binisaya: Deciphering Ancient Bisayan Writing on Recently-Discovered Artifacts in the Philippines' by Rolando Borrinaga of University of the Philippines.
64) Francisco Ignacio Alcina, History of the Bisayan people in the Philippine Islands, vol.
The Sama Dilaut's entry into a Bisayan community was met with vehement initial opposition (note that the residents have been complaining that their place is not only a dumping ground for garbage, but also for this group).
Lumad is a Bisayan term meaning native or indigenous, a word adopted by some ethnic groups to distinguish themselves from Mindanaons, Moro or Christian.
22 Francisco Ignacio Alcina, "The History of the Bisayan Islands", Part 1, Book 3, preliminary trans.
They wrote books on the Bisayan language (now known as Waray).
the sacred power of banyans, widespread among AN-speaking peoples, or the equation of Christianization with the assumption of Bisayan ethnic identity, parallel to the expression masuk Melayu for the adoption of Islam in Borneo).