Montezuma II

[ mon-tuh-zoo-muh ]

  1. c1470–1520, last Aztec emperor of Mexico 1502–20.

Origin of Montezuma II

From Spanish, from Nahuatl Motēuczōmah, Motēcuhzōmah, equivalent to mo- reflexive pronoun + tēuc(tli) “lord, nobleman” + zōmah “frowned in anger,” i.e., “the one who became angry like a nobleman”
  • Spanish, Moc·te·zu·ma [mawk-te-soo-mah] /ˌmɔk tɛˈsu mɑ/ . Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Montezuma II in a sentence

  • In the crisis when it became necessary to seize the treacherous Moctezuma, Alvarado was active and prominent.

    The Spanish Pioneers | Charles F. Lummis
  • Another authority says: "Montezuma, or more correctly, Moctezuma."

  • There is a moss-hung cypress near one of the little lakes, called the Arbol de Moctezuma.

    Diplomatic Days | Edith O'Shaughnessy
  • Thus throughout the whole Republic agriculture is practically where it was in the time of Moctezuma.

    The American Egypt | Channing Arnold
  • On the Indian frontier, yes; but in the valley of Mexico—tranquil since the time of Moctezuma—there had been no fighting.

    The Bandolero | Mayne Reid

British Dictionary definitions for Montezuma II

Montezuma II

/ (ˌmɒntɪˈzuːmə) /

  1. 1466–1520, Aztec emperor of Mexico (?1502–20). He was overthrown and killed by the Spanish conquistador Cortés

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