Definition of Mayan in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈmʌɪ(j)ən
, ˈmeɪ(j)ən


[mass noun]
A large family of American Indian languages spoken in Central America and Mexico, of which the chief members are Maya, Quiché, and Tzeltal.
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  • When Monteczuma's envoys came to Tabasco to find out information about Cortes, they spoke only Nahuatl while Cortes's Spanish translator spoke only Mayan.
  • With songs in Spanish, English, Mayan, and Zapotec, it reflects the babel of voices that is our ever-expanding border region.
  • The movie will definitely be performed in Mayan, an ancient pre-Colombian language.


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1Denoting or relating to the Mayan family of languages.
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  • At the time it wasn't clear which of the many Mayan languages this might refer to, but now the situation has been clarified - sort of - by Gibson himself.
  • Language issues can be intimately linked with assimilation, as children sometimes reject both their Mayan language and customs.
  • We are Mayan people; we speak twenty-two different Mayan languages.
2Relating to or denoting the Maya people.
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  • Further, the program had gained acceptance from dozens of Mayan communities.
  • Maya Gold is produced using cocoa grown by Mayan farmers in Toledo, an impoverished jungle region of southern Belize.
  • The great Mayan cities were all built around cenote and the Maya regarded them as sacred.

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