Dictionary.com

Quechua

[ kech-uh-wah, kech-wuh ]
/ ˈkɛtʃ ə wɑ, ˈkɛtʃ wə /
Save This Word!

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.
adjective
of or relating to the Quechua or their language; Quechuan.
QUIZ
WILL YOU SAIL OR STUMBLE ON THESE GRAMMAR QUESTIONS?
Smoothly step over to these common grammar mistakes that trip many people up. Good luck!
Question 1 of 7
Fill in the blank: I can’t figure out _____ gave me this gift.
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”
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use Quechua in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for Quechua

Quechua

Kechua Quichua

/ (ˈkɛtʃwə) /

noun
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 Quechua

Quechuan, Kechuan or Quichuan, adjective, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK