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Nahuatl

[nah-waht-l] /ˈnɑ wɑt l/
noun, plural Nahuatls (especially collectively) Nahuatl.
1.
a member of any of various peoples of ancient origin ranging from southeastern Mexico to parts of Central America and including the Aztecs.
2.
a Uto-Aztecan language spoken by over half a million people mostly in central Mexico.
Compare Aztec (def 2).
adjective
3.
of or relating to the Nahuatl language or peoples.
Origin of Nahuatl
1815-1825
1815-25; < Spanish náhuatl < Nahuatl nāhuatl something that makes an agreeable sound, a second-language speaker of one's own language
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Examples from the Web for Nahuatl
Historical Examples
  • The proper names in the legend have nothing of a Nahuatl appearance.

  • It is of Aztec origin, as in the Nahuatl language tepeuani means “conqueror.”

  • Several of the names of the seven “men of Mayapan” have a Nahuatl appearance.

  • Daqui; the letter d does not occur either in Cakchiquel or Nahuatl.

    The Annals of the Cakchiquels Daniel G. Brinton
  • The last four names given are clearly Nahuatl, as is also Zuchitan.

    The Annals of the Cakchiquels Daniel G. Brinton
  • There were twenty clans, called in the Nahuatl language "calpullis."

  • Referring to the Nahuatl belief that there are nine upper and nine under worlds.

    Nagualism Daniel G. Brinton
  • The Nahuatl text is more definite than the Spanish translation.

    Nagualism Daniel G. Brinton
  • The Nahuatl legend helps out the theory of Atlantis to willing minds.

    Mexico

    Susan Hale
  • They spoke the tongue Nahuatl, giving to it their own dialect.

    Mexico

    Susan Hale
British Dictionary definitions for Nahuatl

Nahuatl

/ˈnɑːwɑːtəl; nɑːˈwɑːtəl/
noun
1.
(pl) -tl, -tls. a member of one of a group of Central American and Mexican Indian peoples including the Aztecs
2.
the language of these peoples, belonging to the Uto-Aztecan family
Former name Nahuatlan
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Word Origin and History for Nahuatl

1822, from Spanish, from Nahuatl (Aztec) Nahuatl, the people's name, "something that makes an agreeable sound; someone who speaks well or speaks one's own language." As a language name, usually in the compound form nahuatlahotol-li.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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