- a member of any of the dominant groups of South American Indian peoples who established an empire in Peru prior to the Spanish conquest.
- a ruler or member of the royal family in the Incan empire.
Origin of Inca
Examples from the Web for incas
Contemporary Examples of incas
Especially when the leader in question is that Inca of Incas, the president of the United States.What the Rest of the World Thinks of America’s Shutdown
October 3, 2013
Historical Examples of incas
The drama was cultivated by the Incas, and dramatic performances were enacted before them.Apu Ollantay
Under the rule of the Spaniards the roads of the Incas went to ruin.The Railroad Question
And in Peru a brave descendant of the Incas arose as a Deliverer.A Short History of Spain
Mary Platt Parmele
Whatever it was, from the Incas' point of view it was absolute and satisfactory.South American Fights and Fighters
Cyrus Townsend Brady
I had seen the last day of the stately empire of my fathers the Incas!The Romance of Golden Star ...
George Chetwynd Griffith
- a member of a South American Indian people whose great empire centred on Peru lasted from about 1100 ad to the Spanish conquest in the early 1530s and is famed for its complex culture
- the ruler or king of this empire or any member of his family
- the language of the IncasSee also Quechua
Word Origin for Inca
1590s, from Spanish Inga (1520s), from Quechea Inca, literally "lord, king." Technically, only of the high Inca, but it was used widely for "man of royal blood."