[ fil-uh-peenz, fil-uh-peenz ]
/ ˈfɪl əˌpinz, ˌfɪl əˈpinz /
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noun (used with a plural verb)

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.



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Also called Phil·ip·pine Is·lands [fil-uh-peen ahy-luhndz] /ˈfɪl əˌpin ˈaɪ ləndz/ . Formerly Com·mon·wealth of the Phil·ip·pines [kom-uhn-welth uhvthuh-fil-uh-peenz] /ˈkɒm ənˌwɛlθ ʌv ðə ˈfɪl əˌpinz/ . Official name Re·pub·lic of the Phil·ip·pines [ri-puhb-lik uhvthuh-fil-uh-peenz] /rɪˈpʌb lɪk ʌv ðə ˈfɪl əˌpinz/ .

Origin of Philippines

Named in 1544 by Ruy López de Villalobos (about 1500–44), Spanish explorer, who called the archipelago Las Islas Filipinas after Prince Philip of Austria, the Prince of Asturias at the time (later he became King Philip II of Spain)
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British Dictionary definitions for Philippines

/ (ˈfɪlɪˌpiːnz, ˌfɪlɪˈpiːnz) /


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Cultural definitions for Philippines


Republic in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, comprising over seven thousand islands. Its capital and largest city is Manila.

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The Spanish held control of the islands until 1898, when they were transferred to the United States after the Spanish-American War.

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Named for Philip II, king of Spain during the sixteenth century.

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Occupied by the Japanese during World War II, the islands were liberated by Allied troops under General Douglas MacArthur.

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Although Philippine independence had long been an important political issue, the country did not gain full independence until 1946.

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The country was under the virtual dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos from 1965 until 1986, when he was forced into exile in the United States.

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It continues to be plagued by allegations of corruption in high places and by a Muslim insurgency.
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