babaylan

noun
ba·​bay·​lan
variants: or babailan \ ˌbäbīˈlän \ or babalyan \ -​bəlˈyän \ or babalian \ -​bəlēˈän \
plural babaylanes\ -​äˌnās \

Definition of babaylan 

in central and southern Philippines

: a pagan priest, priestess, or medium

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First Known Use of babaylan

1900, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for babaylan

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

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