or fil·i·pi·no

[ fil-uh-pee-noh ]

  1. of or relating to inhabitants of the Philippines or to people of Philippine origin or descent; Philippine: Filipino immigrants living and working in Hawaii.

noun,plural Fil·i·pi·nos.
  1. Sometimes Offensive. an inhabitant of the Philippines or a person of Philippine origin or descent.

Origin of Filipino

First recorded in 1895–1900; from Spanish, derived from (las Islas) Filipinas “the Philippine Islands”; see origin at Philippines

usage note For Filipino

Use as a noun in reference to a person (e.g., “a Filipino”) is sometimes considered offensive.

Words Nearby Filipino Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Filipino in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for Filipino


/ (ˌfɪlɪˈpiːnəʊ) /

  1. plural -nos a native or inhabitant of the Philippines: Also (feminine): Filipina

  2. another name for Tagalog

  1. of or relating to the Philippines or their inhabitants

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