- 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 aztecs
Before the 16thcentury, Spanish conquest, the Aztecs saw the skull as a symbol of rebirth.New Orleans’ Carnivalesque Day of the Dead
November 1, 2014
Did they resemble the Aztecs in these respects or the West Indians?
The 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.The Book of Khalid
The Aztecs, and the Toltecs before them, had the fermented juice of the maguey plant.Aztec Land
Maturin M. Ballou
There the treasures of the Aztecs were hidden, and they have remained.Frank Merriwell Down South
Burt L. Standish
- 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 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.