Montezuma II

[ mon-tuh-zoo-muh ]
/ ˌmɒn təˈzu mə /


c1470–1520, last Aztec emperor of Mexico 1502–20.
Also Moctezuma.

Origin of Montezuma II

< Spanish < Nahuatl Motēuczōmah, Motēcuhzōmah, equivalent to mo- reflexive pronunciation + tēuc(tli) lord, nobleman + zōmah frowned in anger, i.e., the one who became angry like a nobleman Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for montezuma

Montezuma II
/ (ˌmɒntɪˈzuːmə) /


1466–1520, Aztec emperor of Mexico (?1502–20). He was overthrown and killed by the Spanish conquistador Cortés
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Culture definitions for montezuma

[ (mon-tuh-zooh-muh) ]

An Aztec emperor of the sixteenth century. He was overthrown by the Spanish conquistadores under Hernando Cortés.

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