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  1. Manila hemp.
  2. Manila paper.
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Historical Examples of manilla

  • The man actually had the luck to win the second prize in the Manilla lottery.

    End of the Tether

    Joseph Conrad

  • When the English captured Manilla, they found this sultan incarcerated.

  • They have some customs at Manilla which I could not help admiring.

  • Manilla, coir, and some other ropes, do not require tarring.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • We fell in with the schooner (the Young Queen) the day after we left Manilla.

British Dictionary definitions for manilla


  1. an early form of currency in W Africa in the pattern of a small bracelet
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Word Origin for manilla

from Spanish: bracelet, diminutive of mano hand, from Latin manus
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Word Origin and History for manilla


variant of Manila, especially in manilla paper (1832).

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"ring, bracelet," from Spanish manilla, from Latin monilia, plural of monile "collar, necklace" (see mane). Influenced in Spanish by Spanish mano "hand."

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