EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun 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 1780–90; < Spanish azteca < Nahuatl aztēcah, plural of aztēcatl person from Aztlān, the legendary place of origin of the Aztecs Related forms Az·tec·an, adjective post-Az·tec, adjective
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Did they resemble the
Aztecs in these respects or the West Indians?
Aztecs, the most powerful tribes, were continually at war with their neighbors.
For in the ruins of the
Aztecs of Mexico there are traces of a Phœnician language and religion.
Aztecs, and the Toltecs before them, had the fermented juice of the maguey plant.
There the treasures of the
Aztecs were hidden, and they have remained. British Dictionary definitions for aztecs noun 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 Aztecs See also Nahuatl adjective Also: Aztecan of, relating to, or characteristic of the Aztecs, their civilization, or their language Word Origin for Aztec
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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Word Origin and History for aztecs
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.
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Native American people who ruled Mexico and neighboring areas before the Spaniards conquered the region in the sixteenth century. Starting in the twelfth century, they built up an advanced civilization and empire. ( See Hernando Cortés and Montezuma.)
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