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 (vĭ-sī′ən, -sä′-) also Bi·sa·yan (bĭ-sī′ən, -sä′-) or Bi·sa·ya (bĭ-sī′ə, -sä′-)
1. A member of the largest ethnic group indigenous to the Philippines, found in the Visayan Islands.
2. Any of the Austronesian languages spoken by the Visayans.

[Cebuano (Visayan language of Cebu) Bisaya, and kindred terms in other Visayan languages .]

Vi·sa′yan adj.


(vɪˈsɑːjən) or


n, pl -yans or -yan
(Peoples) a member of the most numerous indigenous people of the Philippines
(Peoples) of or relating to this people


(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.Visayan - 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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More than sharing what Visayans could offer, Verb revealed Viva wants to open doors for aspiring artists from there.
It depicts the Visayans then known and described as 'Pintados' because their bodies were 'painted' with tattoos:
It will, for example, be interesting to students of Toraja (Sulawesi) death ritual to know that the Visayans kept small wooden statues known as tao-tao (manikin, from tao = human being) in their houses, to represent ancestral spirits who could help them when in trouble (p.
It is a favorite among Visayans because they can carry it anywhere especially when they travel.
Against the Visayans, the Nationals trailed 59-62 at the half before pouring it on in the fourth quarter.
The Visayans, on the other hand, want to show that they are of the same caliber as the chosen ones and want to strut their stuff before their townmates.
Co said the event aims to promote consciousness among Cebuanos, and the Visayans in general, that Cebu's cinema industry "has a legacy that has been lost and hidden," and this is an effort to try and revive this art.
This is very symbolic because we know that our President subscribes to decentralization, and this boosts the morale of the Mindanaoans and Visayans because it's possible that we can have a kick-off and a launch of such a huge event as this outside Metro Manila.
The Visayans and the whole of Mindanao seem to be experiencing a resurgence of the traditional practice of relaxing and enjoying a cup of natural made chocolate.
He, however, urged Central Visayans to remain vigilant.
That's how many Visayans feel about having to use Filipino or Tagalog.
This is the true ancestral dance of the Visayans, performed to the accompaniment of such percussion instruments as the drum and the gong, and set to the 2/2 time signature that is truly reflective of ethnic music,' Luspo said.