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Aztec

[ az-tek ]

noun

  1. a member of a Nahuatl-speaking state in central Mexico that was conquered by Cortés in 1521.
  2. Also called clas·si·cal Na·hua·tl [klas, -i-k, uh, l , nah, -waht-l]. the variety of Nahuatl that served as the medium of Aztec civilization, aboriginally written in a chiefly pictographic script. Compare Nahuatl ( def 2 ).
  3. the Nahuatl language.


Aztec

/ ˈæztɛk /

noun

  1. 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
  2. the language of the Aztecs See also Nahuatl


adjective

  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of the Aztecs, their civilization, or their language
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Other Words From

  • Az·tec·an adjective
  • post-Az·tec adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of Aztec1

1780–90; < Spanish azteca < Nahuatl aztēcah, plural of aztēcatl person from Aztlān, the legendary place of origin of the Aztecs
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Word History and Origins

Origin of Aztec1

C18: from Spanish Azteca, from Nahuatl Aztecatl, from Aztlan, their traditional place of origin, literally: near the cranes, from azta cranes + tlan near
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Example Sentences

In response to growing hostilities from surrounding allies of the Aztec Empire, a multi-ethnic confederation of villages called Tlaxcallan built a densely occupied city of the same name.

They were crouching on a chinampa, an island that appears to float in Lake Xochimilco, part of a complex ecosystem where the Aztec Empire once flourished.

As such the victors were often inducted into advanced training programs that focused on the handling of heavier melee weapons reserved for the elite fighters of the Aztec army.

One of these series of ceremonies, held between February and April, was dedicated to the Aztec storm god Tlaloc and the war god Xipe.

The Aztec, the Inca, and today’s Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, are very collectivistic.

Los Angeles was wonderfully exotic; a polyglot mix of Aztec, Incan, Mayan and New World scents and sounds.

Take Huitzilopochtli, the typically tongue-twisting Aztec name of an old hummingbird god.

Standouts were the liquidy column dresses, presented in colors named chili pepper and Aztec blue.

Filming in Mexico City, where his tutor would supplement world-history lessons with trips to nearby Aztec ruins.

The Spaniards capitalized on her Aztec roots to colonize Mexico.

Shrouded in mystery, they seemed a fit emblem of the Aztec past, whose buried histories still haunt this ancient land.

Having now examined the nature of the Aztec faith, let us, for a while, linger upon the fruits which it produced.

We find a strong offset to the horror of Aztec cruelty in the very Bible, which we regard as the mainstay of our religious world.

The language of the nations among which these institutions were first established was doubtless the Nahua, or old Aztec.

Reinforced by some Tepanec troops in Aztec dress, they made several raids for plunder against Tenayocan and the adjoining towns.

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