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n. pl. Nahuatl or Na·hua·tls
1. A member of any of various Indian peoples of central Mexico, including the Aztecs.
2. The Uto-Aztecan language of the Nahuatl.

[Spanish náhuatl, from Nahuatl, that which pleases the ear, from nahua-, audible, intelligent, clear.]


(ˈnɑːwɑːtəl; nɑːˈwɑːtəl)
npl -tl or -tls
1. (Peoples) a member of one of a group of Central American and Mexican Indian peoples including the Aztecs
2. (Languages) the language of these peoples, belonging to the Uto-Aztecan family
Former name: Nahuatlan


(ˈnɑ wɑt l)
a Uto-Aztecan language spoken by American Indian peoples of Mexico and Central America, esp. the form of the language used in literature and legal documents of colonial Mexico, written in the Latin alphabet (Classical Nahuatl) .Compare Mexicano.
[1815–25; < Sp náhuatl]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Nahuatl - a member of any of various Indian peoples of central MexicoNahuatl - a member of any of various Indian peoples of central Mexico
federation of tribes, tribe - a federation (as of American Indians)
American Indian, Indian, Red Indian - a member of the race of people living in America when Europeans arrived
Aztec - a member of the Nahuatl people who established an empire in Mexico that was overthrown by Cortes in 1519
Toltec - a member of the Nahuatl speaking people of central and southern Mexico
2.Nahuatl - the Uto-Aztecan language spoken by the Nahuatl
Uto-Aztecan, Uto-Aztecan language - a family of American Indian languages
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These expressions of self-depreciation may not be evidence of submissiveness on the part of craven subalterns, but something more like the reverse: they were replicating in Latin a style which had been a convention of courtly speech in classical Nahuatl.
Loan-words for the plant and animal names have been identified from Classical Nahuatl, Spanish, Taino, and Mixtec"--references to.
Works translated into Spanish and English from Classical Nahuatl, Quechua, various dialects of Maya, Mbya Guarani, Mapundungun, and Mazatec--many transcribed or printed for the first time in any language--contribute a refreshing dimension to this new panorama of Latin American poetry.
Andrews, Richard (1975), Introduction to Classical Nahuatl, Austin, University of Texas Press.
Richard Andrews's Introduction to Classical Nahuatl (1975), works by Michel Launey and Una Canger, and a 1983 photo reproduction of the 1645 edition by the prestigious Universidad Nacional Autnoma de Mexico.