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[vi-sahy-uh n]
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.
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Also Bisayan.
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Examples from the Web for visayan

Historical Examples

  • Their language is Chamorro, much resembling the Visayan dialect.

    The Philippine Islands

    John Foreman

  • He was in a horrible pickle; couldn't speak a word of Spanish or Visayan.

  • It seemed he had a sweetheart who was a Visayan slave girl owned by a Moro.

  • In this work, the word “Viscayan” has been used for “Visayan”.

  • “The alferez said nothing about his having a scar,” said the Visayan in a low voice.

British Dictionary definitions for visayan



noun plural -yans or -yan
  1. a member of the most numerous indigenous people of the Philippines
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  1. of or relating to this people
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