from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • The capital and largest city of the Philippines, on southwest Luzon Island and Manila Bay, an inlet of the South China Sea. Founded in 1571, the city was controlled by Spain until it was seized by U.S. troops in 1898 during the Spanish-American War. It was held by the Japanese from 1942 to 1945 during World War II. Population: 1,580,000.

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  • proper n. The capital of the Philippines, located on the island of Luzon.


Tagalog Maynila, from may nilad (may ("there is"), nilad a kind of flowering plant once found in the low-lying banks of the Pasig River), probably under influence via Spanish, from أمان الله (amān Allāh, "God’s protection"). (Wiktionary)



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