[keech-wah, -wuh]

noun, plural Quich·uas, (especially collectively) Quich·ua.


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

[kech-wah, -wuh]

noun, plural Quech·uas, (especially collectively) Quech·ua for 2.

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 quichua

Historical Examples of quichua

  • Zegarra, as a native of Peru whose language was Quichua, had great advantages.

    Apu Ollantay


  • This is a clear proof that before 1781 these Quichua dramas were acted.

    Apu Ollantay


  • He was not only a Quichua scholar, but also accomplished and well read.

    Apu Ollantay


  • Their language differs from the Quichua, though evidently a sister-tongue.

    The Western World

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • There was, for instance, the learning of the Quichua language.

    Harry Escombe

    Harry Collingwood

British Dictionary definitions for quichua


noun plural -uas or -ua

a variant of Quechua


Kechua Quichua


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 FormsQuechuan, Kechuan or Quichuan, adjective, noun
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Word Origin and History for quichua



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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