Main definitions of Manila in English

: Manila1Manila2

Manila1

proper noun

  • The capital and chief port of the Philippines, on the island of Luzon; population 1,660,700 (est. 2007).

Pronunciation:

Manila

/məˈnɪlə/

Main definitions of Manila in English

: Manila1Manila2

Manila2

(also Manilla)

noun

  • 1[mass noun] The strong fibre of a Philippine plant, used for rope, matting, paper, etc.

    • ‘And yet the introduction on a large scale of Manila hemp into the European markets in place of Russian hemp would have more than a commercial and industrial importance!’
    • ‘Daimler-Chrysler plans to utilize locally available natural fibers such as Manila hemp
    • ‘Manila paper is made chiefly from old Manila hemp ropes and is valuable as a strong wrapping paper.’
    • ‘Sisal hemp is only slightly inferior in quality to Manila hemp.’
    • ‘Therefore, we arrived at a feasible product through mixing the silk fiber with the Manila hemp fiber.’
    • ‘Sansevieria or bow-string hemp has been tested in Florida as a possible substitute for Manila hemp.’
    • ‘Abaca is not a hemp but since hemp was the main source of fibres for centuries, the abaca fibre was named Manila hemp.’
    • ‘Abaca, another member of the ‘hard’ fibre group is the Spanish name for what is more widely called Manila hemp, and is indigenous to the Philippines.’
    • ‘Later, the business world turned to Manila hemp, accelerated by the Japanese Industrial Revolution.’
    • ‘This is not the case certainly with the fine ropes of Manilla hemp, which, though stronger than the best Russian hemp, are almost useless when worn out.’
    1. 1.1Strong brown paper, originally made from Manila hemp.
      [as modifier] ‘he took a brown manila folder from a drawer’
      • ‘‘Here are your transcripts of the plan,’ he said, handing the them a Manilla folder.’
      • ‘The assembly saw delegates housed in five-star hotels and carrying upmarket Bonia-brand bags, instead of the usual Manila paper envelopes.’
      • ‘The bearded man left the room and returned a moment later carrying two thick Manila folders which he handed to Cain.’
      • ‘Give each student a sheet of the Manila paper and a piece of white chalk.’
      • ‘Marie just rolled her eyes and turned her attention back to the piece of thick Manila paper the teacher was handing out.’
  • 2A cigar or cheroot made in Manila.

    [as modifier] ‘her favourite Manila stogies’

Origin

Late 17th century (as an adjective meaning ‘from Manila’): from Manila.

Pronunciation:

Manila

/məˈnɪlə/