- a member of a Nahuatl-speaking state in central Mexico that was conquered by Cortés in 1521.
- Also called classical Nahuatl. the variety of Nahuatl that served as the medium of Aztec civilization, aboriginally written in a chiefly pictographic script.Compare Nahuatl(def 2).
- the Nahuatl language.
Origin of Aztec
Examples from the Web for aztec
Los Angeles was wonderfully exotic; a polyglot mix of Aztec, Incan, Mayan and New World scents and sounds.The Liberal Case Against Illegal Immigration
November 25, 2014
Take Huitzilopochtli, the typically tongue-twisting Aztec name of an old hummingbird god.Mexico City’s Magical Moment of Resurgence
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February 10, 2014
Standouts were the liquidy column dresses, presented in colors named chili pepper and Aztec blue.Diane von Furstenberg’s Spring/Summer 2014 Oasis
September 9, 2013
Filming in Mexico City, where his tutor would supplement world-history lessons with trips to nearby Aztec ruins.‘Free Willy’ Turns 20: Catching Up With Star Jason James Richter
July 16, 2013
The Spaniards capitalized on her Aztec roots to colonize Mexico.The Virgin Mary Becomes Pop Symbol
December 11, 2010
Dorcas had heard the guard explaining to visitors in the Aztec room.The Trail Book
This stone, by the way, is to our mind clearly Toltec, not Aztec.
The love of the Aztec race for warm, bright colors is seen everywhere.
Herein, it is said, the Aztec kings deposited their treasures.
This place is remarkable for the accumulation of Aztec and Spanish antiquities.
- a member of a Mexican Indian people who established a great empire, centred on the valley of Mexico, that was overthrown by Cortés and his followers in the early 16th century
- the language of the AztecsSee also Nahuatl
- of, relating to, or characteristic of the Aztecs, their civilization, or their language
Word Origin and History for aztec
1787, from Spanish Azteca, from Nahuatl aztecatl (plural aztecah), meaning "coming from Aztlan," name of their legendary place of origin, usually said to lie somewhere in what is now southwestern U.S.