Definition of Uto-Aztecan in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌjuːtəʊˈaztɛk(ə)n/


Relating to or denoting a language family of Central America and western North America including Nahuatl (the language of the Aztecs), Shoshone, and Paiute.
Example sentences
  • The three main Paiute groups spoke mutually unintelligible languages of the Numic branch of the Uto-Aztecan language family.
  • As a result, they have been lumped together under a classification the Spaniards referred to as Cahita, which is closely linked to the Uto-Aztecan language.
  • The Uto-Aztecan language Huichol, for example, deploys different sets of switch-reference markers to encode different tenses.


[mass noun]
The Uto-Aztecan language family.
Example sentences
  • Uto-Aztecan is one of the largest language families of North and Central America in terms of population, linguistic diversity and geographic distribution.
  • The party exchanges gifts with the local inhabitants, who speak Uto-Aztecan, and leaves the next morning.
  • Most Hopi speak Uto-Aztecan.

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