- a member of any of various peoples of ancient origin ranging from southeastern Mexico to parts of Central America and including the Aztecs.
- a Uto-Aztecan language spoken by over half a million people mostly in central Mexico.Compare Aztec(def 2).
- 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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Examples from the Web for nahuatl
The proper names in the legend have nothing of a Nahuatl appearance.
Several of the names of the seven “men of Mayapan” have a Nahuatl appearance.
It is of Aztec origin, as in the Nahuatl language tepeuani means “conqueror.”
The last four names given are clearly Nahuatl, as is also Zuchitan.
Daqui; the letter d does not occur either in Cakchiquel or Nahuatl.
- plural -tl or -tls a member of one of a group of Central American and Mexican Indian peoples including the Aztecs
- the language of these peoples, belonging to the Uto-Aztecan family
Former name: Nahuatlan
Word Origin and History for 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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper