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 (fĭl′ə-pēnz′, fĭl′ə-pēnz′)
A country of eastern Asia consisting of the Philippine Islands, an archipelago in the western Pacific Ocean southeast of China. Inhabited by Malays and various indigenous groups, the islands were the first land in Asia sighted by Magellan's expedition in 1521 and were colonized by the Spanish after 1565. They came under US control in 1898 after the Spanish-American War. A commonwealth was created in 1935 and full independence achieved in 1946. The islands were occupied by Japan during much of World War II. Political turmoil led to the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos after 1965 and his exile in 1986 following the election of Corazón Aquino. Manila is the capital and Quezon City is the largest city.

Phil′ip·pine′ adj.


(Peoples) another word for Filipino3


(ˈfɪl əˌpin, ˌfɪl əˈpin)

of or pertaining to the Philippines or their inhabitants.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Philippine - official language of the PhilippinesPhilippine - official language of the Philippines; based on Tagalog; draws its lexicon from other Philippine languages
Western Malayo-Polynesian - a western subfamily of Malayo-Polynesian languages
Tagalog - the language of the Tagalog on which Filipino is based
Cebuano, Cebuan - language of the people of Cebu in the Philippines; its lexicon contributes to the official language of the Philippines
Adj.1.Philippine - of or relating to or characteristic of the Philippines or its people or customs; "the Philippine President"; "our Filipino cook"


A. ADJfilipino
B. Nfilipino/a m/f


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With a fair, fresh wind, the Pequod was now drawing nigh to these straits; Ahab purposing to pass through them into the Javan sea, and thence, cruising northwards, over waters known to be frequented here and there by the Sperm whale, sweep inshore by the Philippine Islands, and gain the far coast of Japan, in time for the great whaling season there.
that is to say, among the Philippine and Malacca isles.
Its large toes protruded laterally as do those of the semiarboreal peoples of Borneo, the Philippines and other remote regions where low types still persist.
Cuba and the Philippines were the start of other things.
It had been easier before the grandson died and before he went away to fight savages in the Philippines.
Thus, in addition to the cousins Dorothy and Florence, Martin encountered two university professors, one of Latin, the other of English; a young army officer just back from the Philippines, one-time school- mate of Ruth's; a young fellow named Melville, private secretary to Joseph Perkins, head of the San Francisco Trust Company; and finally of the men, a live bank cashier, Charles Hapgood, a youngish man of thirty-five, graduate of Stanford University, member of the Nile Club and the Unity Club, and a conservative speaker for the Republican Party during campaigns - in short, a rising young man in every way.
A volunteer surgeon in the first days out in the Philippines, he had made a particular study of leprosy, and had observed so many lepers that infallibly, except in the incipient beginnings of the disease, he could pick out a leper at a glance.
It was six months after Gluck's confession that she returned the Philippines and Hawaii to the United States.
You would go into the militia yourself," was Ernest's retort, "and be sent to Maine, or Florida, or the Philippines, or anywhere else, to drown in blood your own comrades civil-warring for their liberties.
Why, you spoke of sending the militia to the Philippines.
That they were taken by the military power, which rose so suddenly in China after the fall of the republic, and which wrested Manchuria and Korea from Russia and Japan, and also absorbed the Philippines, is quite within the range of possibility.
Cuming in the Low Archipelago, and some of them also at the Philippines.

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