[tohl-tek, tol-]

noun, plural Tol·tecs, (especially collectively) Tol·tec.

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.


Also Tol·tec·an. of or relating to the Toltecs.

Origin of Toltec

< Mexican Spanish tolteca < Nahuatl tōltēcah, plural of tōltēcatl person from Tōllān Tula Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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noun plural -tecs or -tec

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

adjective Also: Toltecan

of or relating to this people

Word Origin for Toltec

C19: from Spanish tolteca, of American Indian origin

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