- c1470–1520, last Aztec emperor of Mexico 1502–20.
Origin of Montezuma II
< Spanish < Nahuatl Motēuczōmah, Motēcuhzōmah, equivalent to mo- reflexive pronunciation + tēuc(tli) lord, nobleman + zōmah frowned in anger, i.e., the one who became angry like a nobleman
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Examples from the Web for montezuma
Welcome, excellency, to this ancient capital of the empire of Montezuma.Latin America and the United States
At Cempoalla, for instance, he met the tax-gatherers of Montezuma.
Montezuma was in a pitiable state of superstitious indecision.
It was really Montezuma's life and liberty or Cortes' life and liberty.
It was alleged that this was done by the orders of Montezuma.
- 1466–1520, Aztec emperor of Mexico (?1502–20). He was overthrown and killed by the Spanish conquistador Cortés
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