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

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:

  • 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Origin and Etymology of babaylan

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


First Known Use: 1900


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up babaylan? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

feeling or affected by lethargy

Get Word of the Day daily email!