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  1. an island in the Philippines, SW of Mindanao. 495 sq. mi. (1282 sq. km).
  2. Formerly Isabela. a city on this island.
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Examples from the Web for basilan

Historical Examples

  • His cousin, Adasaolan, who had accompanied him, had taken up his abode in Basilan.

    The Philippine Islands

    Ramon Reyes Lala

  • Lumber was cut at Basilan, and lankan,3 rafts, and ladders were constructed.

    The History of Sulu

    Najeeb M. Saleeby

  • Visible beyond the fort were the clear waters of Basilan Strait.

    The Pirates of Shan

    Harold Leland Goodwin

  • It is a nation common to these islands of Mindanao, Jolo, and Basilan.

  • The island of Basilan forms a sixth district under the commandant-general of Mindanao.

British Dictionary definitions for basilan


  1. a group of islands in the Philippines, SW of Mindanao
  2. the main island of this group, separated from Mindanao by the Basilan Strait . Area: 1282 sq km (495 sq miles)
  3. a city on Basilan Island. Pop: 381 000 (2005 est)
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