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Of, belonging to, or dedicated to St Philip Neri; specifically (a) of or relating to the priests of the Oratory of St Philip Neri; (b) designating an order concerned with the education of girls, the Pontifical institute of the Religious Teachers Filippini, founded by St. Lucia Filippini in 1704 in Italy.
A father or priest of the Oratory of St Philip Neri; an Oratorian.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in Giuseppe Baretti (1719–1789), writer. From the name of St Philip (Italian Filippo) Neri, founder of the Congregation of the Fathers of the Oratory at Rome + -ine.
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