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

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With a half-empty Pepsi on his desk and a chunky manila folder full of last-minute to-do’s, Benson wasn’t easing into retirement by any means. Elizabeth Hernandez, The Denver Post, "Nearly 81, Bruce Benson ends decade-plus tenure at CU’s helm by looking forward: “My life is working”," 23 June 2019 Among the standouts are the manila clams with fish sauce, chilies and miso paste with butter served over egg noodles, and the bo ssam, crispy pork belly wrapped in perilla leaves and served with an Asian pear kimchi. Cynthia Durcanin, New York Times, "A San Francisco Museum Restaurant That Is on Theme," 23 June 2018 After that, authorities were on the lookout for similar packages, in manila envelopes with printed addresses and about a half dozen American flag stamps. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "The Technology of Pipe Bombs and Suspicious Packages, Explained," 25 Oct. 2018 Ramos-Vasquez carried a manila envelope with his paperwork from ICE. Pamela Ren Larson, azcentral, "Trump administration issues new asylum rules aimed at families arriving at border," 13 July 2018 In Damaghi’s case, the violations created a stack of manila files so high, with details so complicated, that Judge Padilla was able to get through only one property’s infractions on Tuesday. Ronnie Polaneczky,, "L&I gets it right with developer of 'potential death trap' | Ronnie Polaneczky," 10 May 2018 Until recently, receipts and documentation for purchases were kept in manila folders in offices. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Audit flags questionable expenses at Anchorage School District," 30 Apr. 2018 Toddlers played with toy cars; the parents clutched manila envelopes containing their bus tickets and official release orders. Manny Fernandez, New York Times, "Trump Says He’s Sending the National Guard. On the Border, Many Aren’t Sure Why.," 5 Apr. 2018 The office manager called the file impressive, wagging another thin manila folder, the norm for most donors. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "I Have a Half Mind to Donate My Brain to Science," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of manila


1820, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: made of strong, light brown paper

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