[mah-yuh n]
  1. a member of the Mayan tribe.
  2. a group of languages spoken by the Mayas in southern Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize, including Yucatec, Quiché, and Huastec.

Origin of Mayan

First recorded in 1885–90; May(a) + -an
Related formspseu·do-Ma·yan, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of mayan

Historical Examples of mayan

  • By Mr. Holder's method we could demonstrate that we're Mayan—if that should be a source of pride to us.

  • Mr. Holder says that he recognized familiar Mayan symbols in the inscription.

  • He says that he has demonstrated that most of the symbols are Mayan.

  • The ruins of Mayan civilization, excavated once, were buried anew.

  • We have before spoken of this strange mark on the walls of Mayan buildings.

    The American Egypt

    Channing Arnold

British Dictionary definitions for mayan


  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of the Maya or any of their languages
  1. a family of Central American Indian languages, including Maya, possibly a member of the Penutian phylum
  2. another name for a Maya 2
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