Meaning of Philippines

Phil•ip•pines

Pronunciation: (fil'u-pēnz", fil"u-pēnz'), [key]
— n. (used with a pl. v.)
  1. an archipelago of 7083 islands in the Pacific, SE of China: formerly (1898–1946) under the guardianship of the U.S.; now an independent republic. 48,098,460; 114,830 sq. mi. (297,410 sq. km). Cap.: Manila. Also calledFormerly (1935–46),Official name,
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