Dialect spoken by many Luzon-based Filipino
s. Tagalog is generally regarded as the lingua franca
among Filipinos at home and abroad, but there are several other dialects spoken across the archipelago, and there is some sensitivity about treating Tagalog as definitively "Filipino."
Also refers to the ethnicity of Tagalog-speaking natives. One theorized origin of the word is "taga-ilog," meaning "from the river."
The Tagalogs speak Tagalog.