babaylan

noun ba·bay·lan \ˌbäbīˈlän\\-bəlˈyän\\-bəlēˈän\
variants: or

babailan

\ˌbäbīˈlän\ or

babalyan

\-bəlˈyän\ or

babalian

\-bəlēˈän\

Definition of babaylan

plural

babaylanes

\-äˌnās\

in central and southern Philippines

  1. :  a pagan priest, priestess, or medium

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Origin and Etymology of babaylan

of Philippine origin; akin to Tagbanuwa babalyan, from balyan mediumship, esoteric religious skill


First Known Use: 1900


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