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[nah-waht-l] /ˈnɑ wɑt l/
noun, plural Nahuatls (especially collectively) Nahuatl.
a member of any of various peoples of ancient origin ranging from southeastern Mexico to parts of Central America and including the Aztecs.
a Uto-Aztecan language spoken by over half a million people mostly in central Mexico.
Compare Aztec (def 2).
of or relating to the Nahuatl language or peoples.
Origin of Nahuatl
1815-25; < Spanish náhuatl < Nahuatl nāhuatl something that makes an agreeable sound, a second-language speaker of one's own language Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for Nahuatl
Historical Examples
  • Up to 160,000 the Nahuatl system is as simple and regular in its construction as the English.

    The Number Concept Levi Leonard Conant
  • There were twenty clans, called in the Nahuatl language "calpullis."

  • In I pointed out that in this he was wrong, as early Nahuatl records use it in this sense.

  • The last four names given are clearly Nahuatl, as is also Zuchitan.

    The Annals of the Cakchiquels Daniel G. Brinton
  • The tucur is the owl; this name being apparently an abbreviation of the Nahuatl tecolotl.

    The Annals of the Cakchiquels Daniel G. Brinton
  • The Nahuatl legend helps out the theory of Atlantis to willing minds.

    Mexico Susan Hale
  • The Nahuatl name cozcaquauhtli is the “royal zopilote” (Sarcoramphus papa of ornithologists).

  • The Texcucan idiom was the purest of all the many dialects from the Nahuatl root.

    Mexico Susan Hale
  • Another series of appellations which Guzman gives as of Cakchiquel gods, show distinctly the influence of Nahuatl doctrines.

    The Annals of the Cakchiquels Daniel G. Brinton
  • And then she is the mother of Quetzalcoatl, the god and hero of the early Nahuatl.

    Mexico Susan Hale
British Dictionary definitions for Nahuatl


/ˈnɑːwɑːtəl; nɑːˈwɑːtəl/
(pl) -tl, -tls. a member of one of a group of Central American and Mexican Indian peoples including the Aztecs
the language of these peoples, belonging to the Uto-Aztecan family
Former name Nahuatlan
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Nahuatl

1822, from Spanish, from Nahuatl (Aztec) Nahuatl, the people's name, "something that makes an agreeable sound; someone who speaks well or speaks one's own language." As a language name, usually in the compound form nahuatlahotol-li.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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