- the chief island of the Philippines, in the N part of the group. 40,420 sq. mi. (104,688 sq. km). Capital: Manila.
- an archipelago of 7083 islands in the Pacific, SE of China: formerly (1898–1946) under the guardianship of the U.S.; now an independent republic. 114,830 sq. mi. (297,410 sq. km). Capital: Manila.
Examples from the Web for manila
The man with the skinny tie tells me that the comic book is transported in a manila envelope.The Holy Grail of Comic Books Hid in Plain Site at New York Comic Con
October 14, 2014
He wanted to go back to Manila on a plane every day, but we all stayed out there.Robert Duvall on His Storied Career, His New Movie, and Why He’s Ditching the GOP
March 13, 2014
Together they went around the world with Muhammad Ali, to Zaire, Manila, Kuala Lumpur.The Stacks: Harold Conrad Was Many Things, But He Was Never, Ever Dull
March 8, 2014
Look at the men playing football in the trenches in the First World War, the Thriller in Manila or the Rumble in the Jungle.The Irish Sports Betting Company Sending Dennis Rodman to North Korea
December 19, 2013
Perhaps he holds up a manila folder and declares “I is all done wit me quahtahly repahts boss, and dey is IRIE!”Volkswagen’s Super Bowl Ad an Unfunny Slight to Culture
January 31, 2013
My ship's been drydocked and overhauled and she's in New York now loadin' for Manila.Keziah Coffin
Joseph C. Lincoln
I would make a bet you wouldn't get fifty miles from Manila harbor.
The rubber-producing trees I saw about Manila were very promising.Where Half The World Is Waking Up
Within a few months troops were sent from Manila for that purpose.
A street in Manila and others in provincial towns bear his name.
- the chief port of the Philippines, on S Luzon on Manila Bay: capital of the republic until 1948 and from 1976; seat of the Far Eastern University and the University of Santo Tomas (1611). Pop: 10 677 000 (2005 est)
- a type of cigar made in this city
- (often not capital) short for Manila hemp, Manila paper
- the main and largest island of the Philippines, in the N part of the archipelago, separated from the other islands by the Sibuyan Sea: important agriculturally, producing most of the country's rice, with large forests and rich mineral resources; industrial centres at Manila and Batangas. Capital: Quezon City. Pop: 39 500 000 (2000). Area: 108 378 sq km (41 845 sq miles)
- Republic of the Philippines (functioning as singular) a republic in SE Asia, occupying an archipelago of about 7100 islands (including Luzon, Mindanao, Samar, and Negros): became a Spanish colony in 1571 but ceded to the US in 1898 after the Spanish-American War; gained independence in 1946. The islands are generally mountainous and volcanic. Official languages: Filipino, based on Tagalog, and English. Religion: Roman Catholic majority. Currency: peso. Capital: Manila. Pop: 105 720 644 (2013 est). Area: 300 076 sq km (115 860 sq miles)Related word: Filipino
Word Origin and History for manila
1690s, capital of the Philippines, gave its name (with altered spelling) to manilla hemp (1814), original source of manilla paper (1832). Said to be from Tagalog may "there is" + nila "shrub of the indigo family," but this would not be a native word.
from Spanish Islas Filipinas, literally "the islands of Philip," named for Philip II, king of Spain. Related: Philippine.