Bisaya

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Bikol Central[edit]

Noun[edit]

  1. (see usage notes) the Visayan people, especially the Cebuano people, or sometimes also the Hiligaynon(Ilonggo) and Waray people, or any other from the Philippines that identify with the Visayan meta-ethnicity of the Visayas.
  2. One of the Visayan languages, especially the Cebuano language or sometimes also the Hiligaynon(Ilonggo) and Waray language, spoken in the Philippines, in particular, in the Visayas and Mindanao.
  3. One of the native speakers of the Visayan languages, especially the Cebuano language or sometimes also the Hiligaynon(Ilonggo) and Waray language.

Adjective[edit]

Bisaya

  1. pertaining to the Visayan people or the Visayan languages and its speakers.

Derived terms[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

Some consider this term to have ethnic undertones, hence might be offensive when used towards an ethnic Visayan person who considers the term, used in the context of Tagalog, as such.


Cebuano[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unknown. Some theories include:

  • Sri Vijaya. During the 1950s to the 1960s, various authors have claimed that Bisaya is derived from Sri Vijaya, claiming the early settlers of Panay were either from Sri Vijaya or subjects of Sri Vijaya. However, linguist Eugene Verstraelen refutes these claims by pointing out that Vijaya would have been "Bidaya" or "Biraya".
  • The word वैश्य (vaiśya) would have been what Indian traders and/or pirates might have described the settlers of Panay.

Noun[edit]

Bisaya

  1. a Visayan person
  2. the Cebuano language (see usage notes)
  3. a surname

Usage notes[edit]

Most speakers of the language, while speaking in Cebuano, would usually call the language as Bisaya or Binisaya. Some speakers refuse to call the language Cebuano since the language is also used in other parts of the Visayas and Mindanao. In Cebu, and in media, the language is called Sinugbuanon. Cebuano, as a name of the language, is almost only used in English.

Furthermore, other similar languages under the Visayan language continuum refers their language also as Bisaya or Binisaya, but in most instances they call their own language in their exonym to avoid confusion.

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Tagalog[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Cebuano Bisaya

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: bi‧sa‧ya

Noun[edit]

Bisaya

  1. (see usage notes) the Visayan people, especially the Cebuano people, or sometimes also the Hiligaynon(Ilonggo) and Waray people, or any other from the Philippines that identify with the Visayan meta-ethnicity of the Visayas.
  2. One of the Visayan languages, especially the Cebuano language or sometimes also the Hiligaynon(Ilonggo) and Waray language, spoken in the Philippines, in particular, in the Visayas and Mindanao.
  3. One of the native speakers of the Visayan languages, especially the Cebuano language or sometimes also the Hiligaynon(Ilonggo) and Waray language.

Adjective[edit]

Bisaya

  1. pertaining to the Visayan people or the Visayan languages and its speakers.

Derived terms[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

Some consider this term to have ethnic undertones, hence might be offensive when used towards an ethnic Visayan person who considers the term, used in the context of Tagalog, as such.

Further reading[edit]