Nahuatl

[nah-waht-l]
noun, plural Na·hua·tls, (especially collectively) Na·hua·tl.
  1. a member of any of various peoples of ancient origin ranging from southeastern Mexico to parts of Central America and including the Aztecs.
  2. a Uto-Aztecan language spoken by over half a million people mostly in central Mexico.Compare Aztec(def 2).
adjective
  1. of or relating to the Nahuatl language or peoples.

Origin of Nahuatl

1815–25; < Spanish náhuatl < Nahuatl nāhuatl something that makes an agreeable sound, a second-language speaker of one's own language
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Nahuatl

noun
  1. plural -tl or -tls a member of one of a group of Central American and Mexican Indian peoples including the Aztecs
  2. the language of these peoples, belonging to the Uto-Aztecan family
Former name: Nahuatlan
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Word Origin and History for nahuatl

Nahuatl

1822, from Spanish, from Nahuatl (Aztec) Nahuatl, the people's name, "something that makes an agreeable sound; someone who speaks well or speaks one's own language." As a language name, usually in the compound form nahuatlahotol-li.

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