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

  • A country of eastern Asia consisting of the Philippine Islands, an archipelago in the western Pacific Ocean southeast of China. Inhabited by Malays and various indigenous groups, the islands were first sighted by Magellan's expedition in 1521 and were colonized by the Spanish after 1565. They came under U.S. control in 1898 after the Spanish-American War. A commonwealth was created in 1935 and full independence achieved in 1946. The islands were occupied by Japan during much of World War II. Political turmoil led to the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos after 1965 and his exile in 1986 following the election of Corazón Aquino. Manila is the capital and the largest city. Population: 91,100,000.

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  • proper n. The Republic of the Philippines, a Southeast Asian country comprised of over seven thousand islands in the Pacific Ocean.

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  • n. an archipelago in the southwestern Pacific including some 7000 islands
  • n. a republic on the Philippine Islands; achieved independence from the United States in 1946


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From Spanish Filipinas, from Felipe, the name of a King of Spain.


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