Definition of Filipino in US English:


(also Pilipino)


  • Relating to the Philippines, the Filipinos, or their language.

    • ‘So when Filipino civilians were taken hostage in April, the Philippines government announced that it was withdrawing its troops.’
    • ‘One possibility is that she was an illegal immigrant, perhaps one of thousands of Filipino maids who disappear from their employers in search of a better life, but she could also have been a foreign student, a tourist or a British national.’
    • ‘Later, journalists tracked him down to the Philippines, but the Filipino authorities were strangely unable to find him.’
    • ‘I heard that the Philippines had left early, after a Filipino truck driver was kidnapped and executed.’
    • ‘With their education from the Philippines unrecognised by the Canadian education system, Filipino youth are often pushed back several grade levels.’
    • ‘The loss of 2,000 Filipino nurses by 2005 would be a substantial blow to the health service, particularly as no new nursing students will graduate that year due to a change in the training system.’
    • ‘Groups marching included the Alliance of Filipino Immigrants and Advocates, the Watts Committee Against Police Brutality, and the Bus Riders Union.’
    • ‘However, the US ‘liberators’ of the Philippines would not allow Filipino troops to enter Manila, and refused to let them take part in the formal Spanish surrender.’
    • ‘Public sector pharmacists are engaged in negotiation with the Chief Personnel Officer for better compensation packages but the ministry is busy recruiting Filipino pharmacists.’
    • ‘He said the staff problem had also worsened in recent months because Filipino nurses, whose spouses could not work in Ireland, were leaving because they had been offered more attractive conditions overseas.’
    • ‘A lot of Filipino women are pregnant now and they feel it is a kind of racism being directed against them.’
    • ‘As a result, Filipino nurses who want to immigrate to Canada are ‘forced to choose the Live-in Caregiver Program as the only way to get into Canada to work,’ says Diana.’
    • ‘Thousands of US soldiers recently returned from the Philippines after training Filipino soldiers.’
    • ‘While most of the workforce is Filipino the Philippines government has provided little assistance.’
    • ‘Apparently, someone else saw Mr Woods shaking Karen out of the window - her mum, a tiny protective Filipino woman, who lived across the road and used to watch the school all day, for reasons we never properly understood.’
    • ‘As well as reading and writing in the Filipino language and maths, they were taught American English.’
    • ‘On the main stage three well known and respected Filipino artists, one artist the equivalent to Britain's very own Gareth Gates, were sponsored by television channel ABS-CBN to attend the prestigious event.’
    • ‘Despite the valiant resistance of Filipino revolutionaries who fought to defend the Philippines from American invasion, the country was swept over by the U.S. military strength.’
    • ‘The month of August was honored as a reminder to the Filipino citizens of the language they must love and be proud of.’
    • ‘I tried living in the Philippines and I tried hard to integrate into Filipino culture, eventually I felt like I was going insane.’


  • 1A native or national of the Philippines, or a person of Filipino descent.

    • ‘Thousands of Filipinos perished in major ferry disasters in the Philippines since 1987.’
    • ‘Revolts against the harsh treatment of Filipinos by the Spanish were frequent, particularly in the 17th century.’
    • ‘And peace is something Filipinos in the southern Philippines have been waiting a long, long time for.’
    • ‘But the Filipinos and Thais are the region's most combative and best organized reporters.’
    • ‘There are many Filipinos teaching in Thai schools around the nation.’
    • ‘Relatively few Filipinos of the second wave who returned to the Philippines came from the West Coast.’
    • ‘You will still have your moments to shine and will have a great advantage as compared to other Pilipinos at home.’
    • ‘It is virtually impossible for any outsider to go there for any foreign business - even Latinos or Filipinos.’
    • ‘The group has been also blamed for the kidnapping of three Americans and 17 Filipinos in 2001.’
    • ‘The attackers seized five staff, including two Filipinos, and 12 foreign tourists from the hotel.’
    • ‘Catholic priests immediately began to convert the native Filipinos to Catholicism.’
    • ‘In Hong Kong, Filipinos demonstrated Sunday outside the Philippine consulate.’
    • ‘Many Filipinos were angered that the garbage was dumped in the Philippines.’
    • ‘The march took only seven days but resulted in the deaths of 2,300 Americans and 10,000 Filipinos.’
    • ‘Rather than suffering from ‘people power fatigue’, Filipinos may actually be raring for people power.’
    • ‘The Army sought to avoid actions that would alienate either Americans or Filipinos.’
    • ‘They also continue to hold two Americans and nine Filipinos hostage.’
    • ‘There is a majority of Filipinos, but we don't treat it like a Filipino church.’
    • ‘Such a use of military force would also very seriously alarm the Japanese and Koreans, the Vietnamese and the Filipinos.’
    • ‘There are many Filipinos abroad who choose to remain Filipinos despite the enticements of a foreign land.’
  • 2The national language of the Philippines, a standardized form of Tagalog.

    • ‘Among the immigrant population, English, Hindi, Urdu, Farsi, and Filipino are spoken.’
    • ‘The brochures are available in a number of languages, including Thai, Punjabi, Spanish, Filipino and Chinese.’
    • ‘The official languages are Filipino, which is based on Tagalog with words from other native languages, and English.’
    • ‘I redid it again, this time with footnotes to make it easier to understand some terms in Filipino.’
    • ‘However, Filipino, a Malay dialect, is the official language of the Republic.’
    • ‘Actually, I was reading the English text, then translating it to Filipino for them, complete with gestures and facial expressions.’
    • ‘Catholic prayers rang out in 10 languages including Spanish, Portuguese, English, Filipino and Swahili.’
    • ‘In the Philippines, people are giving up their traditional languages for Filipino, which is based on the Austronesian language, Tagalog.’
    • ‘The playwrights quote texts in Filipino, the language of nationalism in the Philippines.’
    • ‘English belongs to a totally different language family than Filipino, and competence in English is closely related to socioeconomic status.’
    • ‘Speaking in Filipino in reply to questions in English, he was unflappable under cross-examination from daunting defense counsel.’
    • ‘Over the intercom, I heard requests for interpreters of Spanish, French, Filipino and Cantonese.’
    • ‘The official languages in the Philippines are Pilipino (a derivative of Tagalog) and English.’


Spanish, from las Islas Filipinas ‘the Philippine Islands’.