Definition of Quechua
plural Quechua or Quechuas
1 : a family of languages spoken by Indian peoples of Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile, and Argentina
2 a : a member of an Indian people of central Peru b : a group of peoples forming the dominant element of the Inca Empire
Origin of quechua
Spanish, probably from Southern Peruvian Quechua qheswa (simi), literally, valley speech
First Known Use: 1840
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