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or Kech·ua, Kech·uan, Quech·uan, Quich·ua

[kech-wah, -wuh]
noun, plural Quech·uas, (especially collectively) Quech·ua for 2.
  1. the language of the Inca civilization, presently spoken by about 7 million people in Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina.
  2. a member of an Indian people of Peru speaking Quechua.
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Examples from the Web for quechua

Historical Examples

  • Their life is absolutely distinct from that of their Quechua neighbors.

    The Andes of Southern Peru

    Isaiah Bowman

  • The word pampa belongs to the Quechua language, language of the Incas.

  • 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 is lighter and yellower than the Aymara, and more of a Mongolian type.

British Dictionary definitions for quechua


Kechua Quichua

  1. plural -uas or -ua a member of any of a group of South American Indian peoples of the Andes, including the Incas
  2. the language or family of languages spoken by these peoples, possibly distantly related to the Tupï-Guarani family
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Derived FormsQuechuan, Kechuan or Quichuan, adjective, noun
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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.

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