Definition of Tzotzil in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtsəʊtsɪl/
Pronunciation: /tsəʊtˈsɪl/ Pronunciation: /səʊtˈsɪl/

noun (plural same or Tzotzils)

1A member of an American Indian people inhabiting parts of southern Mexico.
Example sentences
  • Mr Sterk says that, when evangelicals first come in, the Tzotzils want to defend their spiritual world.
  • From then on, nearly three hundred Indians, mainly Tzotzils, have converted to Islam in Chiapas.
  • That shared commitment to peace has brought us and the Tzotzils of Chenalhó together to learn from each other.
2 [mass noun] The Mayan language of the Tzotzil.
Example sentences
  • They sit on the rim of the back of the truck, laughing and joking in their native tongue of Tzotzil while holding on for dear life.
  • Tzotzil appears to contrast both physical and mental proximity, if I'm reading my source right.


Relating to the Tzotzil or their language.
Example sentences
  • In Chiapas, Maya of the Tzeltal and Tzotzil tribes took part in the Zapatista uprising of January 1994.
  • A native of the Tzotzil ethnic group, she lives in a small rural town 130 miles away from San Cristóbal de las Casas, the capital city of the southern Mexican state of Chiapas.
  • Tzotzil people make up the largest indigenous group in Mexic´s southernmost state of Chiapas.


The name in Tzotzil.

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Line breaks: Tzo|tzil

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