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[tah-gah-lawg, tuh-] /tɑˈgɑ lɔg, tə-/
noun, plural Tagalogs (especially collectively) Tagalog for 1.
a member of a Malayan people native to Luzon, in the Philippines.
the principal language of the Philippines, an Indonesian language of the Austronesian family. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • My Tagalog copy, which contains 1836 lines, bears the date 1910, but is clearly a reprint.

    Filipino Popular Tales Dean S. Fansler
  • Emilio Aguinaldo was born in 1870, of Chinese and Tagalog parentage.

  • The keepers or tenders are of the Tagalog tribe, who live near the enclosures, and have them at all times under their eye.

  • His eyes were deep and thoughtful and he spoke Tagalog fluently.

  • It is also known as kampopot in Tagalog and as alibubut and toar in parts of the Visayas.

    Philippine Mats Hugo H. Miller
  • The talk was carried on in the Tagalog dialect, so Larry understood not a word.

    The Campaign of the Jungle Edward Stratemeyer
  • The Battak speech of Sumatra is said to be closely allied to the Tagalog.

  • Tandang: A title of respect for an old man: from the Tagalog term for “old.”

    The Reign of Greed Jose Rizal
  • The first part of the sermon is to be in Spanish and the other in Tagalog; loquebantur omnes linguas.

    The Social Cancer Jos Rizal
British Dictionary definitions for Tagalog


(pl) -logs, -log. a member of a people of the Philippines, living chiefly in the region around Manila
the language of this people, belonging to the Malayo-Polynesian family: the official language of the Philippines
of or relating to this people or their language
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Tagalog

people living near Manila in the Philippines, also their language, 1704, from Tagalog taga "native to" + ilog "river."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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