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[tohl-tek, tol-]
noun, plural Tol·tecs, (especially collectively) Tol·tec.
  1. a member of an Indian people living in central Mexico before the advent of the Aztecs and traditionally credited with laying the foundation of Aztec culture.
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  1. Also Tol·tec·an. of or relating to the Toltecs.
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Origin of Toltec

< Mexican Spanish tolteca < Nahuatl tōltēcah, plural of tōltēcatl person from Tōllān Tula
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Historical Examples of toltec

  • This stone, by the way, is to our mind clearly Toltec, not Aztec.

    Aztec Land

    Maturin M. Ballou

  • He was a Toltec deity, and was venerated as the god of the air.

  • Like Teotihuacan and Tulla, this is regarded as a relic of Toltec times.

  • Toltec songs are highly praised for their beauty and variety.

  • As he glanced at them the young Toltec uttered a great cry and sprang forward.

British Dictionary definitions for toltec


noun plural -tecs or -tec
  1. a member of a Central American Indian people who dominated the valley of Mexico from their capital Tula from about 950 to 1160 ad, when the valley was overrun by the Aztecs
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adjective Also: Toltecan
  1. of or relating to this people
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Word Origin for Toltec

C19: from Spanish tolteca, of American Indian origin
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