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Tagalog Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    Tagalog n
  1. a member of a people native to the Philippines chiefly inhabiting central Luzon around and including Manila
  2. language of the Tagalog people on which Filipino is based
Tagalog Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Tagalog \Ta*ga"log\, n.
  1. (Ethnol.) Any member of a certain tribe which is one of the leading and most civilized of those native of the Philippine Islands.
  2. The language of the Tagalogs. It belongs to the Malay family of languages and is one of the most highly developed members of the family.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Tagalog'


Tagalog (pronounced /təˈɡɑːlɒɡ/ in English) It is the first language of the Philippine region IV (CALABARZON and MIMAROPA) and of Metro Manila. Its standardized form, commonly called Filipino, is the national language and one of two official languages of the Philippines. It is related to Austronesian languages such as Malay–Indonesian, Javanese, and Hawaiian.

The word Tagalog derived from tagailog, from tagá- meaning "native of" and ílog meaning "river." Thus, it means "river dweller." Very little is known about the history of the language. However, according to linguists such as Dr. David Zorc and Dr. Robert Blust, the Tagalogs originated, along with their Central Philippine cousins, from Northeastern Mindanao or Eastern Visayas.

The first written record of Tagalog is in the Laguna Copperplate Inscription, written in the year 900 and uses fragments of the language along with Sanskrit, Malay, and Javanese. Meanwhile, the first known book to be written in Tagalog is the Doctrina Cristiana (Christian Doctrine) of 1593. It was written in Spanish and two versions of Tagalog; one written in the Baybayin script and the other in the Latin alphabet. Throughout the 333 years of Spanish occupation, there were grammar and dictionaries written by Spanish clergymen such as Vocabulario de la Lengua Tagala by Pedro de San Buenaventura (Pila, Laguna, 1613), Vocabulario de la lengua tagala (1835) and Arte de la lengua tagala y manual tagalog para la administración de los Santos Sacramentos (1850). Poet Francisco Baltazar (1788–1862) is regarded as the foremost Tagalog writer. His most notable work is the early 19th-century Florante at Laura.

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