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1A Northern Philippine language spoken by a people of the Lingayen gulf area of central Luzon island in the Philippines.
2A member of a people inhabiting the central area (principally the Pangasinan province) of the island of Luzon in the Philippines and speaking Pangasinan.
Of, relating to, or designating the Pangasinan or their language.
Early 18th century. Partly from the name of the Pangasinan river and province in central Luzon Island in the Philippines, and partly from their etymon Pangasinan pangasinan, lit. ‘place used for getting salt’ (from pang-, instrumental prefix + asín salt + -an, locative suffix), probably via Spanish.
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