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Inca

[ing-kuh]
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noun
  1. a member of any of the dominant groups of South American Indian peoples who established an empire in Peru prior to the Spanish conquest.
  2. a ruler or member of the royal family in the Incan empire.

Origin of Inca

1585–95; < Spanish < Quechua inka ruler of the Inca state
Related formsIn·ca·ic [ing-key-ik, in-] /ɪŋˈkeɪ ɪk, ɪn-/, adjectiveIn·can, noun, adjectivepseu·do-In·can, adjective, noun
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Historical Examples

  • The Inca enters with Yma Sumac, followed by the whole strength of the company.

    Apu Ollantay

    Anonymous

  • In a soliloquy he declares himself the implacable enemy of Cuzco and the Inca.

    Apu Ollantay

    Anonymous

  • The Inca indulges in extravagant expressions of love for his daughter.

    Apu Ollantay

    Anonymous

  • She proves to be the sister of the Inca and the wife of Ollantay.

    Apu Ollantay

    Anonymous

  • He was quite confident that the Inca was trying to lure them on to their ruin.


British Dictionary definitions for inca

Inca

noun plural -ca or -cas
  1. a member of a South American Indian people whose great empire centred on Peru lasted from about 1100 ad to the Spanish conquest in the early 1530s and is famed for its complex culture
  2. the ruler or king of this empire or any member of his family
  3. the language of the IncasSee also Quechua
Derived FormsIncan, adjective

Word Origin

C16: from Spanish, from Quechua inka king
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for inca

Inca

n.

1590s, from Spanish Inga (1520s), from Quechea Inca, literally "lord, king." Technically, only of the high Inca, but it was used widely for "man of royal blood."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper