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Filipinx

or fil·i·pi·nx

[ fil-uh-pee-neks, ‐pingks ]
/ ˌfɪl əˈpi nɛks, ‐ˈpɪŋks /
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adjective
of or relating to people of Philippine origin or descent, especially those living in the United States (used to indicate gender-neutrality in place of Filipino or Filipina): a Filipinx singer-songwriter.See Grammar note at the current entry.
noun, plural Fil·i·pi·nxs [fil-uh-pee-nek-siz], /ˌfɪl əˈpi nɛk sɪz/, (especially collectively) Fil·i·pi·nx.
a person of Philippine origin or descent, especially one living in the United States (used to indicate gender-neutrality in place of Filipino or Filipina).
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Also Informal, Pinxy.

Origin of Filipinx

First recorded 2010–15; Filipina or Filipino + x3 (in the sense “unknown quantity or variable”)

grammar notes for Filipinx

The word Filipino, upon which Filipinx is based, ultimately comes from Spanish. In Spanish, the -o ending marks the word as masculine. Some speakers exchange the masculine-marked -o endings for gender-neutral -x, especially when using Spanish words in English. However, the Indigenous language Tagalog, upon which the Pilipino language is based, doesn’t have grammatical gender. Pilipino therefore borrowed the word Filipino from Spanish as a gender-neutral term that can refer to any person from the Philippines. For this reason, there is debate on whether changing the ending is necessary. Many in the Philippines use Filipino in all contexts, while some in the United States use Filipinx as a gender-neutral or gender-inclusive alternative, especially in self-reference.

historical usage of Filipinx

See Latinx.
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