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

Bi·sa′yan adj.
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(Peoples) a variant of Visayan
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(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.
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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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References in periodicals archive ?
I would even joke with my other bisayan friends that the Boholanos are the real Filipinos.
Thank you to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Department of the Interior and Local Government, and their Bisayan bossing for their political will, and for getting us all together.
In Volume 3 of Alcina's Bisayan history, he laments that the majority of natives in his care had already forgotten the "true God" and "true religion" their forbears had learned during the initial phases of Christianization.
Duterte, who admits being the son of a Bisayan settler in Davao, now claims to have Moro (also Chinese) blood from his ancestors.
(35) Francisco Alcina, S.J., 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.
Binisaya nga bulong (Bisayan medicine) is how they call their products to identify it from the doctor-prescribed medicines bought in a pharmacy.
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).
Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, on the other hand, believes that some people still does not get Duterte's Bisayan humor.
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...
(64) Francisco Ignacio Alcina, History of the Bisayan people in the Philippine Islands, vol.