Definition of Mixtec in English:


Line breaks: Mix¦tec
Pronunciation: /ˈmɪstɛk

noun (plural same or Mixtecs)

  • 1A member of an American Indian people of southern Mexico, noted for their skill in pottery and metallurgy.
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    • The sculptures depict the sacred symbolism used in the costumes of the Zapotecs and Mixtecs, two of the main pre-Hispanic societies of Mexico's southern state of Oaxaca.
    • The author has produced a work on the Mixtecs of colonial Mexico which rivals the best of that on any of these other better-known and documented groups.
    • He argues that the Aztecs and Mixtecs had their own history and their own writing systems and should be understood and appreciated as such without necessary reference to the Old World.
  • 2The Otomanguean language of the Mixtec, spoken by about 250,000 people in several dialects.
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    • All of these elements are rallied into a cohesive whole, whether she is singing in English, Spanish or any one of four native Indian languages, including the Mixtec of her own background.
    • The typical resident is 18 years old, speaks Spanish or Mixtec, and works all day in the blast-furnace desert heat.
    • My nephew tried to organize these farmworkers, only to discover that they did not speak Spanish and he spoke no Mixtec.


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  • Relating to the Mixtec or their language.
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    • Terraciano has a number of distinguished predecessors, among them Ronald Spores, who threw light on many aspects of prehispanic, colonial, and modern Mixtec affairs.
    • Terraciano rightly points to the ways in which Christian formulas in Mixtec testaments can mask a most unorthodox Christianity.
    • As with the Nahua-speaking Aztecs of central Mexico during the same era, a three-stage scheme of language change seems to fit the Mixtec case.


Spanish, from Nahuatl mixtecah 'person from a cloudy place'.

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