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Filipino

or fil·i·pi·no

[ fil-uh-pee-noh ]
/ ˌfɪl əˈpi noʊ /
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adjective
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.
Sometimes Offensive. an inhabitant of the Philippines or a person of Philippine origin or descent.
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Also Informal, Pinoy.
Compare Filipina, Filipinx.

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.
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British Dictionary definitions for Filipino

Filipino
/ (ˌfɪlɪˈpiːnəʊ) /

noun
plural -nos a native or inhabitant of the PhilippinesAlso (feminine): Filipina
another name for Tagalog
adjective
of or relating to the Philippines or their inhabitants
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