Also found in: Thesaurus, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


A city of southeast Mexico south-southwest of Veracruz. It was founded c. 1490 as an Aztec garrison post and was conquered by the Spanish in 1521.


(wəˈhɑːkə; Spanish oaˈxaka)
1. (Placename) a state of S Mexico, on the Pacific: includes most of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec; inhabited chiefly by Indians. Capital: Oaxaca de Juárez. Pop: 3 432 180 (2000). Area: 95 363 sq km (36 820 sq miles)
2. (Placename) a city in S Mexico, capital of Oaxaca state: founded in 1486 by the Aztecs and conquered by Spain in 1521. Pop: 483 000 (2005 est). Official name: Oaxaca de Juárez


(wəˈhɑ kə, wɑ-)

1. a state in S Mexico. 3,220,895; 36,375 sq. mi. (94,210 sq. km).
2. the capital of this state, in the central part. 212,818.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Oaxaca - a city of southeastern MexicoOaxaca - a city of southeastern Mexico  
Mexico, United Mexican States - a republic in southern North America; became independent from Spain in 1810
References in periodicals archive ?
First published in 1991 by the University of Texas Press, the significantly revised and expanded second edition of Lyrm Stephen's Zapotec Women: Gender, Class, and Ethnicity in Globalized Oaxaca is the result of research conducted by the author during the summers from 2001 to 2004.
The Operations Center was established in Pomona in the mid-1990s, replacing a temporary facility set up near the Los Angeles-Glendale border following the creation of Metrolink in 1992, Oaxaca said.
Quiego "plans to hold workshops and organize women's groups, first in my village, and later throughout Oaxaca and anywhere else that we can, to raise awareness on women's political rights and help them understand that some traditions are not good, but that we are not alone, and that we have to wake up," Cruz said.
The study area is within the Tehuacan--Cuicatlan Biosphere Reserve in northern Oaxaca, Mexico from 17[degrees] 30'N to 18[degrees]01' N and 96[degrees] 50' W to 97[degrees] 18' W (Fig.
And unlike Mexico's Caribbean coast, the villages and capital city - also called Oaxaca - are not clones of North American resorts.
Oaxaca has the country's second-largest number of indigenous people.
The teachers' union and APPO took over the downtown square of Oaxaca City and added the resignation of the governor to its list of demands.
Both towns are located in what is today the state of Oaxaca, an area traditionally beloved of anthropologists, but more and more of historians.
He was born in 1940 in Juchitan, which is part of a region called Istmo, in Oaxaca, that separates the Gulf of Mexico from the Pacific Ocean.
Featuring contemporary rugs and wall hangings, the exhibition -- Mira Images from Oaxaca, Mexico -- marks a collaboration of Jokic's nature-inspired images with the artisans' eco-friendly dyeing and weaving processes.
I wear death like a necklace of chocolate skulls for school children in La Dia de Los Muertos in Oaxaca or Jalisco.
And here in Oaxaca, one of Mexico's proudest and most culturally rich states, the ambience is distinctly Oaxacan.