ma·​nila | \ mə-ˈni-lə How to pronounce manila (audio) \
variants: or less commonly manilla

Definition of manila

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 capitalized : made from Manila hemp
2 : made of manila paper


geographical name
Ma·​nila | \ mə-ˈni-lə How to pronounce Manila (audio) \

Definition of Manila (Entry 2 of 2)

city and port on Manila Bay (an inlet of the South China Sea), on the western coast of Luzon, Philippines population 1,661,000

Note: Manila serves as capital of the Philippines.

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manila noun

Examples of manila in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective That's where the experts come in to put us on the right track and save us from grabbing a manila envelope, stuffing, sighing, and calling it a day. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "5 Expert Tips for Organizing All Your Old Photos Right Now," 26 May 2020 Several graduates wore caps and gowns; one had fashioned a makeshift diploma from a manila envelope. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, "The Medical Students Who Joined the Battle Against the Coronavirus," 6 May 2020 At the fourth door, Kuhn ran through the rain to drop off the bag of food and the manila envelope. Anne Saker,, "Coronavirus: St. Joseph delivers food, schoolwork and a familiar face," 24 Apr. 2020 That meant buying a high-definition webcam and packaging art supplies into large manila envelopes. Dallas News, "Finding community in quarantine: How North Texans are connecting in creative ways in spite of coronavirus This article has comments enabled.," 27 Mar. 2020 Rather than the packets of paper and binders that occupy most senators’ desks, Cotton just had a few sheets in a manila folder. NBC News, "Schiff wraps Democrats’ case: 'That has been proved'," 25 Jan. 2020 As Paula Reed Ward reports for the Priore hid illustrated pages or plates in manila envelopes, rolled up larger items, or simply carried books out of the library. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Ex-Librarian and Bookseller Plead Guilty to Stealing Rare Texts Worth $8 Million From Pennsylvania Library," 15 Jan. 2020 Her only possessions were the few clothes inside her black duffel bag and a manila envelope with documents. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "A Guatemalan girl was separated from her father at the US border. When she turned 18, she had to find him on her own," 30 Nov. 2019 Copies of some of these stories were later sent to the State Department stuffed in a manila envelope. Anchorage Daily News, "Arrest of Giuliani associates ensnares ‘Congressman 1’," 11 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of manila


1820, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Manila.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of manila

: made of strong, light brown paper

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