[ vi-sahy-uhn ]

noun,plural Vi·sa·yans, (especially collectively) Vi·sa·yan.
  1. one of a Malay people, the most numerous Indigenous people of the Philippines.

  2. the language of this people, an Indonesian language of the Austronesian family.

Words Nearby Visayan Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Visayan in a sentence

  • During the evening the natives gave a Visayan dance, called in the native tongue “A Courtship.”

  • One would hardly recognize the waltz or two-step as performed by the Visayan.

  • He had the cook's mouth pried open in determined endeavor to ram what looked like half a chicken down the Visayan's gullet.

    Terry | Charles Goff Thomson
  • The old man was spokesman and in his native Visayan tongue made a heart-rending appeal for aid which we were powerless to give.

    An Epoch in History | P. H. Eley
  • The Bengali tale can hardly be the direct source of our Visayan form, but it appears to be fairly closely related to that source.

    Filipino Popular Tales | Dean S. Fansler

British Dictionary definitions for Visayan



/ (vɪˈsɑːjən) /

nounplural -yans or -yan
  1. a member of the most numerous indigenous people of the Philippines

  1. of or relating to this people

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