Definition of bayanihan in English:

bayanihan

noun

Philippine English
  • A traditional system of mutual assistance in which the members of a community work together to accomplish a difficult task. In later use also: a spirit of civic unity and cooperation among Filipinos.

Origin

1950s; earliest use found in The Washington Post. From Tagalog bayanihan from bayani to work unpaid + -han, suffix forming nouns denoting reciprocal or mutual action.

Pronunciation

bayanihan

/bʌɪəˈniːhan/