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 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 Hernandez also noted that photos of potential suspects were presented to tellers one at a time in manila folders and the officer who showed them wasn’t familiar with Allen or who the police suspected was the robber. oregonlive, "Judge allows eyewitness IDs based on altered photo with bank robbery suspect’s facial tattoos removed," 26 Sep. 2019 It’s produced by Smead, a company that manufactures manila folders. David Yaffe-bellany, New York Times, "Welcome to McDonald’s. Would You Like a Podcast With Those Fries?," 20 Aug. 2019 The officer presented each photo one by one in a manila envelope to a teller in a sequence., "The case of the missing tattoos: Altered photo lineup by Portland police draws objection," 16 Aug. 2019 People filed through a metal detector and had to store their cellphones in manila envelopes to take them into the courtroom. John Eligon, New York Times, "Stopped, Ticketed, Fined: The Pitfalls of Driving While Black in Ferguson," 6 Aug. 2019 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

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First Known Use of manila


1820, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Manila.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of manila

: made of strong, light brown paper

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