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noun, plural I·lo·ka·nos, (especially collectively) I·lo·ka·no.
  1. Ilocano.


or I·lo·ka·no

noun, plural I·lo·ca·nos, (especially collectively) I·lo·ca·no.
  1. a member of a people of Luzon in the Philippines.
  2. the Austronesian language of the Ilocano.

Origin of Ilocano

1830–40; < Spanish, equivalent to Ilok(o) the Ilocano name for themselves + -ano -an
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Examples from the Web for ilokano

Historical Examples

  • As will be seen, the Ilokano have been the most aggressive immigrants.

    Negritos of Zambales

    William Allan Reed

  • Many breechcloths are now bought ready made from the Ilokano.

    The Bontoc Igorot

    Albert Ernest Jenks

  • However, the medio peso is known as “thalepi,” from the Ilokano “salepi.”

    The Bontoc Igorot

    Albert Ernest Jenks

  • The Sapao bolo is, in appearance, superior to that of Ilokano manufacture.

    The Bontoc Igorot

    Albert Ernest Jenks

  • No sooner were we in the house than addresses began, one of these being in Ilokano.

Word Origin and History for ilokano


from Philippine Spanish Ilocos, literally "river men," from Tagalog ilog "river."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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