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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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Recent publications on Nahuatl language and culture
One of the most interesting resources Amos Megged offers us in his book is his personal translations of Nahuatl language primordial titles into English.
Among the topics are a preliminary meanline design for gas turbines using multi-objective optimization, a rule-based system for reliability centered maintenance, business process mining and rules detection for unstructured information, uses and abuses of smart home technologies, digit recognition in the Nahuatl language using various models, and the binary segmentation of video sequences in real time.
Another symbolic effort in Congress to recognize the contributions of indigenous cultures to Mexico was a Senate ceremony in mid-February unveiling a version of the Mexican Constitution in the Nahuatl language, which is spoken by about 2 million people in parts of central and southern Mexico.
When Beatriz was asked how her sons view the Nahuatl language and culture she answered, "They appear to be fine with the Nahuatl language and customs because I talk to them mostly in Nahuatl.
Pizzigoni's edition is an important contribution to the study of the corpus of Nahuatl-language wills, and it suggests new directions for the future study of Nahuatl language and culture.
The people who we now refer to as Aztecs were the Mexicas (pronounced me-shee-kas), part of the larger group of Nabuas, the people who speak the Nahuatl language.
The name 'Acapulco' comes from the Nahuatl language, and means "place of big needs".