Definition of Nahuatl in English:


Line breaks: Na|huatl
Pronunciation: /ˈnɑːwɑːt(ə)l
, nɑːˈwɑːt(ə)l

noun (plural same or Nahuatls)

  • 1A member of a group of peoples native to southern Mexico and Central America, including the Aztecs.
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    • The Virgin appeared to a poor Indian and spoke to him in the only language he knew, not the conquerors' Spanish, but the native Nahuatl.
    • Earth-boundedness in the symbology of the Nahuatl, the Mexican and central Indian tribes of which the Aztecs were one, contrasts with the spirituality the Virgin of Guadalupe represents.
    • The Aztecs had conquered the Nahuatl and perhaps had even sacrificed a few of Juan's relatives to the hungry gods.
  • 2 [mass noun] The Uto-Aztecan language of the Nahuatl, which has over 1 million speakers.
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    • He also knows a few words of Nahuatl, the Aztec language.
    • She commanded him-in his native Nahuatl to seek out the head of the Mexican church and ask that a chapel devoted to her be erected on Tepeyac.
    • Marina was used to provide the missing link by translating the Nahuatl into Mayan.


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  • Relating to the Nahuatl or their language.
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    • Nandachare means ‘yellow river’ in the Nahuatl language.
    • The narratives do not differ in any substantial manner but the style derived from the Nahuatl one is striking.
    • They therefore tried to enforce the use of the Nahuatl Indian name chilli, and were partially successful.


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