Meaning of Hiligaynon in English:


Pronunciation /ˌhɪlɪˈɡeɪnən/

nounplural noun Hiligaynon, plural noun Hiligaynons

  • 1A member of a people inhabiting Panay, Negros, and other islands in the central Philippines.

    ‘The Hiligaynon, like all Filipinos, enjoy watching television and going to the movies.’
    • ‘Visayas, especially Hiligaynons, now comprise the majority of people living within the province.’
    • ‘These are also part of our cultural heritage as Hiligaynons like the churches, old houses, old establishments, cemetery capillas, historical sites, etc.’
    • ‘The Tagalogs, Bicolanos, Boholanos, Siquijodnons, Cebuanos, Davaoenos, Hiligaynons, etc, have added more color to the already rich cultural diversity of the place.’
    • ‘The sword is mentioned in ancient Filipino epics, e. g., Hinilawod of the Hiligaynons.’
    • ‘The Hiligaynons are the next major group and occupy parts of the Western Visayas.’
    • ‘Many of its inhabitants are migrants from the Visayas such as Warays and Hiligaynons.’
    • ‘Hence Sarangani's population today is largely a mix of migrant Hiligaynons, Cebuanos, Ilocanos, Tagalogs and Muslims.’
    • ‘Other cultural groups present in the municipality are the Hiligaynons, Warays, Bagobos, Butuanos, Tibolis and Manobos.’
  • 2mass noun The Austronesian language of the Hiligaynon, with about 5 million speakers.

    Also called Ilonggo

    ‘Other regions of Panay have their own distinct speech forms, but these are mutually intelligible with Hiligaynon.’
    • ‘Half of the children were taught completely in English for four grades while other children were taught first for two years in Hiligaynon.’


  • Relating to the Hiligaynon or their language.

    • ‘The Hiligaynon language is the language of Iloilo province, which has come to be spoken throughout the Western Visayas region.’