Definition of Yucatec in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈyo͞okəˌtek/

noun (plural same or Yucatecs)

1A member of an American Indian people of the Yucatán peninsula.
Example sentences
  • Many Mayan indigenous groups live in Mexico such as the Yucatecs, the Tzotzil, and the Tzeltal.
  • The majority of the population lived outside the city walls in palapa huts similar to the homes many Yucatecs live today.
  • The Tzotzil and Tzeltals live in the highlands of Chiapas, while the Yucatecs live on the tropical Yucatán Peninsula.
1.1 informal A native or inhabitant of the peninsula or the state of Yucatán.
2The Mayan language of the Yucatec.
Example sentences
  • Despite the fact that modern Yucatec has retained many features of Classic Maya, its ‘ancientness,’ like that of any living language, is highly disputable.


Relating to the Yucatec or their language.
Example sentences
  • Colonial Yucatec ritual practice also insisted on ceremonies of nomination and ordering.



Pronunciation: /ˌyo͞okəˈtekən/
Example sentences
  • The Yucatecan languages are part of a northern branch that split off about 3000 years ago from the lines that formed the southern Mayan languages.
  • The two Mayan languages of the Classic period, Yucatecan and Cholan, have subdivided into about thirty separate languages, some of which are not mutually intelligible.
  • Perhaps it was the ritual sacrifice of the winning players that put paid to their sporting future and led to the invention of the hammock, the Yucatecan equivalent of the comfy sofa.


From Spanish yucateco.

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Syllabification: Yu·ca·tec

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