What does Manila mean?

Definitions for Manila
məˈnɪl əmani·la

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. manila, manila paper, manilla, manilla papernoun

    a strong paper or thin cardboard with a smooth light brown finish made from e.g. Manila hemp

  2. Manila, capital of the Philippinesnoun

    the capital and largest city of the Philippines; located on southern Luzon


  1. Manilanoun

    The capital of the Philippines, located on the island of Luzon.

  2. manilanoun

    Fiber made from abaca (Manila hemp), used to make ropes and manila paper.

  3. manilanoun

    The yellow-brown colour of manila.

  4. manilaadjective

    Made of manila paper or material like it.

    a manila envelope

  5. manilaadjective

    Of or pertaining to Manila or Manilla, the capital of the Philippines; made in, or exported from, that city.

    a manila envelope

  6. manilaadjective

    Yellow-brown; colored like manila paper.

  7. Etymology: Maynila, from may nilad (may, nilad a kind of flowering plant once found in the low-lying banks of the Pasig River), probably under influence via, from امان الله.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Manilaadjective

    alt. of Manilla


  1. Manila

    Manila is the capital city and the second largest city of the Philippines. It is one of the sixteen cities that comprise the National Capital Region called Metro Manila. The City of Manila is located on the eastern shore of Manila Bay and is bordered by the cities of Navotas and Caloocan to the north; Quezon City to the northeast; San Juan and Mandaluyong to the east; Makati to the southeast, and Pasay to the south. Manila has a total population of 1,652,171 according to the 2010 census and is the second most populous city in the Philippines, behind Quezon City. The populace inhabit an area of only 38.55 square kilometers, making Manila the most densely populated city in the world. The city is divided into six legislative districts and consists of sixteen areas: Binondo, Ermita, Intramuros, Malate, Paco, Pandacan, Port Area, Quiapo, Sampaloc, San Andres, San Miguel, San Nicolas, Santa Ana, Santa Cruz, Santa Mesa and Tondo. Bustling commerce and some of the most historically and culturally significant iconic landmarks in the country, as well as the seat of the executive and judicial branches of the government are found in the city. Manila is also home to many scientific and educational institutions, numerous sport facilities, and other culturally and historically significant venues.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Manila

    Manilla, ma-nil′a, n. a cheroot manufactured in Manila, in the Philippine Islands.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Manila

    capital of the Philippine Islands; at the head of a great bay on the W. coast of Luzon; is hot, but not unhealthy; suffers severely from storms and earthquakes, and is largely built of wood. It has a cathedral, university, and observatory. Its only industry is cigar-making, but the exports include also manila hemp, sugar, and coffee. The population, chiefly Tagals, includes 25,000 Chinese, many Spaniards and Europeans. In the Spanish-American War of 1898 Admiral Dewey captured the city.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. manila

    A town of the island of Luzon, and the capital of the Spanish settlements in the Philippine Islands. It was taken by the English in 1757; and again in October, 1762, by storm.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Manila is ranked #66371 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Manila surname appeared 298 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Manila.

    49.3% or 147 total occurrences were Asian.
    29.1% or 87 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    16.1% or 48 total occurrences were White.
    4% or 12 total occurrences were of two or more races.

Anagrams for Manila »

  1. lamina

  2. maalin

  3. Malian

  4. Almain

  5. aminal

  6. animal

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Manila in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Manila in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Manila in a Sentence

  1. Simone Borelli:

    I think a good case in point is Seoul, in South Korea -- they actually took out an entire motorway (in the city center) and put the river in there with trees and plants, in Manila, they are establishing miniature parks wherever they can -- crossroads, along the railway, old industrial areas -- there's a lot of urban space that is wasteland, so there are areas that can be converted.

  2. Adam Harvey:

    Bourdain's Parts Unknown on the Philippines was wonderful - watched it flying out of Manila and it made me cry, the man had such empathy and insight.

  3. Virgil Hunter:

    When you get two' brothers' together... you're going to see a fight, a real fight, i think about Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali in the' Thrilla in Manila', when people thought Joe Frazier was done, and even Ali thought he was done. But what did we get ? An epic heavyweight fight. Of course Joe Frazier was done but Joe Frazier fought over Joe Frazier head.

  4. Pope Francis:

    But women are capable of seeing things with a different angle from us, with a different eye, and pose questions that we men are not able to understand ... so when the next pope comes to Manila, let's please have more women among you.

  5. State John Kerry:

    Information sharing has always been a big part of what the coalition does and it is playing a key role in our effort to prevent foreign terrorist fighters from traveling to Syria and Iraq, but it is also clear now that we have to do more, we have to keep breaking down the structural and bureaucratic barriers in order to be able to exchange up-to-date information even more quickly and more widely so that a border guard in southern Europe has the same data about a terrorist suspect as an airport security officer in Manila.

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