Definition of Moro in English:

Moro

noun

  • A Muslim inhabitant of the Philippines.

    • ‘During the fourteenth century, Islamic Arab traders arrived; their descendants, the Moros, populated the southern islands and remained militant Muslims.’
    • ‘The Spanish nicknamed the Philippines' Muslim inhabitants the Moros, a corruption of the word Moors.’
    • ‘Although the Moros belonged to 13 cultural-linguistic groups, Islam gave them a sense of common identity and often set them at odds with their Christian Filipino neighbors.’
    • ‘The Moro in the south maintained a separate culture that predated the Islamic and colonial periods.’
    • ‘The Moros are Muslim tribes people who inhabit central and western Mindanao, the second largest island in the Philippines.’
    • ‘Postwar disorder took years to suppress; sporadic military campaigns against bandits, rebels, and Muslim tribesmen, or Moros, continued until 1913.’
    • ‘With his credentials as colonial administrator solidly established, Wood was next sent to the Philippines and given the thankless task of subduing the Muslim Moros of the southern islands.’

Origin

Spanish, literally ‘Moor’.

Pronunciation

Moro

/ˈmôrō/