BREAKING THE LANGUAGE BARRIER

Filipino words that are used commonly by English-language speakers, have now been incorporated in the Oxford Dictionary.

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Mabuhay

Philippine English
Definition of mabuhay in English:

exclamation

An exclamation of salutation or greeting: long live ——! good luck (to you)! hurrah! cheers!.

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Balikbayan

Philippine English

Definition of balikbayan in English:

noun

A Filipino visiting or returning to the Philippines after a period of living in another country.

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Sari-sari Store

Philippine English (also sari sari store, sarisari store)

Definition of sari-sari store in English:

noun

A small neighbourhood store selling a variety of goods.

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Baon

Philippine English

Definition of baon in English:

noun

Money, food, or other provisions taken to school, work, or on a journey.

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KKB

Philippine English

Definition of KKB in English:

exclamation

‘Kaniya-kaniyang bayad’, lit. ‘each one pays their own’, used especially to indicate that the cost of a meal is to be shared.

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Suki

Philippine English

Definition of suki in English:

noun

A buyer or seller involved in an arrangement whereby a customer regularly purchases products or services from the same provider in exchange for favourable treatment.

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Halo-halo

Philippine English

Definition of halo-halo in English:

noun

A dessert made of mixed fruits, sweet beans, milk, and shaved ice, typically topped with purple yam, crème caramel, and ice cream.

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Pan de sal

Philippine English (also pan-de-sal, pandesal, pandisal)

Definition of pan de sal in English:

noun

A yeast-raised bread roll made of flour, eggs, sugar and salt, widely consumed in the Philippines, especially for breakfast.

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Bahala na

Philippine English

Definition of bahala na in English:

exclamation

Expressing an attitude of optimistic acceptance or fatalistic resignation, especially in acknowledging that the outcome of an uncertain or difficult situation is beyond one’s control or is preordained; ‘que sera sera’. Hence also as noun: an approach to life characterized by this attitude.

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Barong

Philippine English

Definition of barong in English:

noun

= barong tagalog.

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Utang na loob

Philippine English

Definition of utang na loob in English:

noun

A sense of obligation to return a favour owed to someone.

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Comfort Room

Philippine English

Definition of comfort room in English:

noun

(Originally) a room in a public building or workplace furnished with amenities such as facilities for resting, personal hygiene, and storage of personal items (now rare ); (later) a public toilet (now chiefly Philippine English ).

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Estafa

Philippine English

Definition of estafa in English:

noun

Criminal deception, fraud; dishonest dealing.

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Presidentiable

Philippine English

Definition of presidentiable in English:

noun

A person who is a likely or confirmed candidate for president.

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Barangay

Philippine English

Definition of barangay in English:

noun

In the Philippines: a village, suburb, or other demarcated neighbourhood; a small territorial and administrative district forming the most local level of government.

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Mani-pedi

Philippine English

Definition of mani-pedi in English:

noun informal

A beauty treatment comprising both a manicure and a pedicure.

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Buko Juice

Philippine English

Definition of buko juice in English:

noun

A drink made from the clear watery liquid inside unripe coconuts; coconut water.

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Dirty Kitchen

Philippine English

Definition of dirty kitchen in English:

noun

A kitchen where everyday cooking is done by household staff, as distinct from a kitchen that is purely for show or for special use by the owner of the house.

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Sinigang

Philippine English

Definition of sinigang in English:

noun

In Filipino cookery: a type of soup made with meat, shrimp, or fish and flavoured with a sour ingredient such as tamarind or guava.

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Despedida

Philippine English

Definition of despedida in English:

noun

More fully despedida party. A social event honouring someone who is about to depart on a journey or leave an organization; a going-away party.

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Barkada

Philippine English

Definition of barkada in English:

noun

A group of friends.

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Gimmik

Philippine English

Definition of gimmik in English:

noun

A night out with friends.

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Kuya

Philippine English

Definition of kuya in English:

noun

An elder brother.

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Kikay

Philippine English

Definition of kikay in English:

noun

A flirtatious girl or woman.

adjective

Belonging to or characteristic of a kikay. Of a girl or woman: interested in beauty products and fashion; stylishly feminine.

Recorded earliest in kikay kit.

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