[ (mon-tuh-zooh-muh) ]

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

Words Nearby Montezuma

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How to use Montezuma in a sentence

  • The Mexicans especially had turned their eyes on a chief who bore the name and had inherited the blood of the unhappy Montezuma.

  • But he supposed the greatness of Sen. Montezuma's gratitude was such, that it smothered the expression.

  • This was the case in Mexico, where the Montezuma was high priest, and derived his power largely from this position.

    Man And His Ancestor | Charles Morris
  • Producing a couple of wax tapers, he lighted them, handed one to Coronado, and led the way into the silent Casa de Montezuma.

    Overland | John William De Forest
  • After Itzcoatl and Nezahualcoyotl, Montezuma seems to have carried off the highest honors.