(1) A member of the Nahuatl people who established an empire in Mexico that was overthrown by Cortes in 1519
From Spanish azteca
, from Nahuatl aztēcah
, plural of aztēcatl
"inhabitant of Aztlan
- A Mexica.
- 1994: Diego Durán, Doris Heyden (translator), The History of the Indies of New Spain
- The lords of Tlatelolco were greatly angered over this and said, one to another, "These Aztecs believe that we are of an alien lineage. Do they not know that we are Aztecs like them[?]
- (= los señores de Tlatelulco, recibieron mucho enojo y pesadumbre, y dixeron entre sí mesmos: estos mexicanos imaginan que nosotros somos de diferente generacion quellos; no saben que somo mexicanos) [1867 edition]
- A Nahua.
- 1989: Elizabeth Hill Boone, Incarnations of the Aztec Supernatural: The Image of Huitzilopochtli in Mexico and Europe
- Although united culturally, the Aztecs thought of themselves in terms of their particular tribal affiliations: as Mexica, Tetzcoca, Culhua, Tepaneca, etc.
- The Nahuatl language.
- Of or pertaining to the Mexica people.
- Of or pertaining to the Nahuas.
- Of or pertaining to the Nahuatl language.