[dah-toh; Spanish dah-taw]
- (in the Philippines) a native chief.
- the headman of a barrio or of a Malay tribe.
Origin of dato
1835–45; < Spanish or Portuguese < Malay datuk war chief
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Examples from the Web for dato
Piang, no dato can boast of a grander court than Ganassi, eh?The Adventures of Piang the Moro Jungle Boy
Florence Partello Stuart
Presently I suggested that we had come to call on Dato Tumay.
This is the kind of dato that they now prefer, not him who has the spirit to command.The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, V7, 1588-1591
Emma Helen Blair
Inok, dato of Labau, is also of this line, tracing his descent from Lakbang.The Wild Tribes of Davao District, Mindanao
To our great amazement Dato Pula kept his word and sent his brother on board!
- the chief of any of certain Muslim tribes in the Philippine Islands
C19: from Spanish, ultimately from Malay dato' grandfather
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