[ kech-uh-wah, kech-wuh ]
/ ˈkɛtʃ ə wɑ, ˈkɛtʃ wə /
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noun, plural Quech·uas, (especially collectively) Quech·ua for 2.
the language of the Incan civilization, presently spoken by about 8 million people in Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina.
a member of an Indigenous people of Peru speaking Quechua.
of or relating to the Quechua or their language; Quechuan.
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Also Kech·ua, Kech·uan, Quech·uan; Quich·ua [keech-wah, -wuh] /ˈkitʃ wɑ, -wə/ .
Origin of Quechua
First recorded in 1680–90; from Spanish Quechua, Quichua, possibly from Quechua qichwa, qhichwa “temperate valley, people who live in a temperate valley”; possibly from Quechua kkechúwa “robber, plunderer”
Words nearby Quechua
Quebecker, Québecois, quebracho, quebrada, Quechan, Quechua, Quechuan, queef, queen, Queen Anne, Queen Anne's Bounty
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How to use Quechua in a sentence
This time, a conversation with a Quechua man he met while researching for his dissertation in Peru.Cody Petterson’s Quixotic Crusade for Change Animates His Run for SDUSD’s District C Board Seat|Jakob McWhinney|August 17, 2022|Voice of San Diego
The word pampa belongs to the Quechua language, language of the Incas.The Guide of the Desert|Gustave Aimard
Their life is absolutely distinct from that of their Quechua neighbors.The Andes of Southern Peru|Isaiah Bowman
For the rest, the Incas endeavoured to spread the language of Cuzco, the Quechua, throughout their empire.
In the south, Aymara is chiefly spoken; but further north, Quechua is the commoner language.
By this route the long quechua passed amongst the Diaguites populations.The Argentine Republic|Pierre Denis
British Dictionary definitions for Quechua
/ (ˈkɛtʃwə) /
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
Derived forms of QuechuaQuechuan, Kechuan or Quichuan, adjective, noun
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