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Aztec

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Pronunciation: /ˈaztɛk
 
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Definition of Aztec in English:

noun

1A member of the American Indian people dominant in Mexico before the Spanish conquest of the 16th century.
Example sentences
  • And after his conquest of the Aztecs, Mexico City was built on the ruins of Tenochtitlan.
  • In Los Montezumas, the confrontation of the Spanish and Aztecs in Mexico is acted out.
  • But there is a painting of her wearing a mask of La Malinche, the Indian mistress of the Spanish conqueror of the Aztecs.
2 [mass noun] The extinct language of the Aztecs, a Uto-Aztecan language from which modern Nahuatl is descended.
Example sentences
  • However, the greatest number of Nicaraguanisms come from Aztec and Nahuat languages.
  • St Luke's gospel was published in Mexican, or Aztec, in 1833.
  • A descendant of the now extinct Aztec, the language of the ancient Aztec empire, Nahuatl is spoken today by approximately 1 million people, mainly in Mexico.

adjective

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Relating to or denoting the Aztecs or their language.
Example sentences
  • These migrating groups of people brought with them the Aztec language and culture, both of which persist in various forms today in Nicaragua.
  • And Chef Jody reminds us about Aztec emperor Montezuma, who according to legend drank 40 glasses of hot chocolate a day, convinced it would make him powerful.
  • Ancient Mayan Inca and Aztec women believed that avocados fed the skin from the inside and outside.

Origin

from French Aztèque or Spanish Azteca, from Nahuatl aztecatl 'person of Aztlan', their legendary place of origin.

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