or Kech·ua, Kech·uan, Quech·uan, Quich·ua
- the language of the Inca civilization, presently spoken by about 7 million people in Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina.
- a member of an Indian people of Peru speaking Quechua.
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Examples from the Web for quechua
Their life is absolutely distinct from that of their Quechua neighbors.
The word pampa belongs to the Quechua language, language of the Incas.The Guide of the Desert
The lowland Indian never falls into the abject condition of his Quechua brother on the plateau.
This name, in Quechua, signifies 'copper-bearing,' and copper was extensively used by the Incas.
The Quechua women are distinguished from the Aymaras chiefly by their hats, which are flatter.
- plural -uas or -ua a member of any of a group of South American Indian peoples of the Andes, including the Incas
- the language or family of languages spoken by these peoples, possibly distantly related to the Tupï-Guarani family
Word Origin and History for quechua
Indian people of Peru and surrounding regions, 1811, from Spanish, from Quechua kechua "plunderer, destroyer." Also the name of their language. Related: Quechuan.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper