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Philippines

Phil·ip·pines

 (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.

Philippines

(ˈfɪlɪˌpiːnz; ˌfɪlɪˈpiːnz)
n
(Placename) Republic of the Philippines (functioning as singular) a republic in SE Asia, occupying an archipelago of about 7100 islands (including Luzon, Mindanao, Samar, and Negros): became a Spanish colony in 1571 but ceded to the US in 1898 after the Spanish-American War; gained independence in 1946. The islands are generally mountainous and volcanic. Official languages: Filipino, based on Tagalog, and English. Religion: Roman Catholic majority. Currency: peso. Capital: Manila. Pop: 105 720 644 (2013 est). Area: 300 076 sq km (115 860 sq miles).

Phil•ip•pines

(ˈfɪl əˌpinz, ˌfɪl əˈpinz)

n.pl.
an archipelago of 7083 islands in the Pacific, SE of China: formerly (1898–1946) under the guardianship of the U.S.; now an independent republic. 79,345,812; 115,831 sq. mi. (300,000 sq. km). Cap.: Manila. Also called Phil′ippine Is′lands. Official name, Republic of the Philippines.
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Noun1.Philippines - a republic on the Philippine IslandsPhilippines - a republic on the Philippine Islands; achieved independence from the United States in 1946
Manila Bay - a naval battle in the Spanish-American War (1898); the American fleet under Admiral Dewey defeated the Spanish fleet
adobo - a dish of marinated vegetables and meat or fish; served with rice
Abu Sayyaf, Bearer of the Sword - a small gang of terrorist thugs claiming to seek a separate Islamic state for the Muslim minority in the Philippines; uses bombing and assassination and extortion and kidnapping; "In 2001 Abu Sayyaf kidnapped twenty people and beheaded one of the American captives"
ABB, Alex Boncayao Brigade, Revolutionary Proletarian Army, RPA-ABB - an urban hit squad and guerrilla group of the Communist Party in the Philippines; formed in the 1980s
Moro Islamic Liberation Front - a terrorist group in the southern Philippines formed in 1977 to establish an independent Islamic state for the Moros; have clashed with troops at United States bases
New People's Army, NPA - a terrorist organization that is the militant wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines; a Maoist organization formed to overthrow the government; uses hit squads called Sparrow Units; opposes United States military presence in the Philippines
Pentagon Gang - a Filipino terrorist group that broke away from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in 2001 in order to continue terrorism and kidnapping and extortion
ASEAN, Association of Southeast Asian Nations - an association of nations dedicated to economic and political cooperation in southeastern Asia and who joined with the United States to fight against global terrorism
Southeast Asia - a geographical division of Asia that includes Indochina plus Indonesia and the Philippines and Singapore
Philippine Islands, Philippines - an archipelago in the southwestern Pacific including some 7000 islands
capital of the Philippines, Manila - the capital and largest city of the Philippines; located on southern Luzon
Caloocan - a suburb of Manila in southwestern Luzon
Cebu, Cebu City - an important seaport on the island of Cebu in the Philippines
Quezon City - city on Luzon adjoining Manila
Filipino - a native or inhabitant of the Philippines
Bisayan, Visayan - a member of the most numerous indigenous people of the Philippines
Amorphophallus campanulatus, Amorphophallus paeonifolius, elephant yam, pungapung, telingo potato - putrid-smelling aroid of southeastern Asia (especially the Philippines) grown for its edible tuber
2.Philippines - an archipelago in the southwestern Pacific including some 7000 islandsPhilippines - an archipelago in the southwestern Pacific including some 7000 islands
Bataan, Corregidor - the peninsula and island in the Philippines where Japanese forces besieged American forces in World War II; United States forces surrendered in 1942 and recaptured the area in 1945
Leyte, Leyte invasion, Leyte Island - a battle in World War II; the return of United States troops to the Philippines began with landings on Leyte Island in October 1944; the battle marked first use of kamikaze aircraft by the Japanese
Cebu - one of the Visayan islands of the central Philippines; important for its fine harbor
Luzon - the main island of the Philippines
Mindanao - the second largest island of the Philippines at the southern end of the archipelago; mountainous and volcanic
Mindoro - a mountainous island in the central Philippines
Philippines, Republic of the Philippines - a republic on the Philippine Islands; achieved independence from the United States in 1946
Bisayas, Visayan Islands - group of islands in the central Philippines
Pacific, Pacific Ocean - the largest ocean in the world
Tagalog - a member of a people native to the Philippines chiefly inhabiting central Luzon around and including Manila
Translations
Filipíny
Filippinerne
Filipiinid
Filippiinit
Filipini
Fülöp-szigetek
Filipina
フィリピン
Philippinae
Filipinai
Filipijnen
Filippinene
Filipiny
Filipinas
Filipíny
Filipini
Filippinerna
Filipinler

Philippines

[ˈfɪlɪpiːnz] NPL the Philippines(las) Filipinas fpl
the Philippine Islandslas Islas Filipinas

Philippines

[ˈfɪlɪpiːnz] npl
the Philippines → les Philippines fpl

Philippines

plPhilippinen pl

Philippines

[ˈfɪlɪˌpiːnz] npl the Philippinesle Filippine
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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.
It was the commander of a Chinese man-of-war who received a copy of the edict of 1972 from the hand of my illustrious ancestor, Admiral Turck, on one hundred seventy-five, two hundred and six years ago, and from the yellowed pages of the admiral's diary I learned that the fate of the Philippines was even then presaged by these Chinese naval officers.
Cuming in the Low Archipelago, and some of them also at the Philippines.
Well, still I was for taking him at that proposal, and going myself; but my partner, wiser than myself, persuaded me from it, representing the dangers, as well of the seas as of the Japanese, who are a false, cruel, and treacherous people; likewise those of the Spaniards at the Philippines, more false, cruel, and treacherous than they.
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