'Kilig' officially added to Oxford English Dictionary

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  • More of our Filipino words and colloquialisms have officially made it to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED).

PHOTOS: Filipino words in the Oxford English Dictionary (June 2015)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — One of the harder things to explain to curious foreigners is the meaning of the Filipino word "kilig." But, now, it will be easier as Oxford English Dictionary has added "kilig" as part of its new words for March 2016.

Oxford English Dictionary perfectly nailed the description of the word.


Kilig, when used as an adjective, refers to what a person feels when exhilarated by an exciting or romantic experience; thrilled, elated, gratified.

When used as a noun, kilig means exhilaration or elation caused by an exciting or romantic experience; an instance of this, a thrill.

To better understand the usage of the word, Oxford English Dictionary shared that it can be used as part of the phrase "kilig to the bones" and compounds "kilig factor" and "kilig moment."

The other words added to the March 2016 update were "teleserye" and "vlog."