Definition of Nahuatl in English:

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Nahuatl

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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.

adjective

Relating to the Nahuatl or their language.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

Via Spanish from Nahuatl.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: Na|huatl

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