One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A gift or souvenir given to a friend or relative by a person who has returned from a trip or arrived for a visit.
1930s; earliest use found in Philippine Magazine. From Tagalog pasalubong, lit. ‘something (intended) for the welcoming’ from pa-, prefix forming nouns denoting an object relating to the action specified in the second element + salubong to meet, to welcome.
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