1. Aztec(def 2).


  1. a member of a Nahuatl-speaking state in central Mexico that was conquered by Cortés in 1521.
  2. Also called classical Nahuatl. the variety of Nahuatl that served as the medium of Aztec civilization, aboriginally written in a chiefly pictographic script.Compare Nahuatl(def 2).
  3. the Nahuatl language.


  1. a member of a Mexican Indian people who established a great empire, centred on the valley of Mexico, that was overthrown by Cortés and his followers in the early 16th century
  2. the language of the AztecsSee also Nahuatl

adjective Also: Aztecan

  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of the Aztecs, their civilization, or their language

1787, from Spanish Azteca, from Nahuatl aztecatl (plural aztecah), meaning “coming from Aztlan,” name of their legendary place of origin, usually said to lie somewhere in what is now southwestern U.S.

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