Aymara

noun

Ay·​ma·​ra ˌī-mə-ˈrä How to pronounce Aymara (audio)
plural Aymara or Aymaras
1
: a member of an Indian people of Bolivia, Peru, and northern Chile
2
: the language of the Aymara people

Examples of Aymara in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Classes are translated into Aymara, a language spoken by more than 2 million, by Lidia Mayta, a Warmi student turned trainer. Cameron Pugh, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 May 2024 In Bolivia, whole nations of pre-Columbian peoples, such as the Aymara and the Quechua, have lived on, under varying layers of Hispanization, which has seeped through into every aspect of identity, from religion and culture to language and race. Aatish Taseer, New York Times, 9 Nov. 2023 The goal of the travesía was in part to shine a light on the network of paths that, along with the culture of the Andean Aymara llama herders who still use them, is fading from existence. Mark Johanson, Travel + Leisure, 29 July 2023 Climate change has brought long-term pressure to the Aymara people’s fragile subsistence but this year’s crop failure is unprecedented. Jon Stojan, USA TODAY, 27 June 2023 For instance, before meals, Quechua and Aymara peoples throw coca leaves or spill their drinks on the ground to share their food with these beings as a sign of gratitude and reciprocity. Mario Orospe Hernández, Fortune, 21 Apr. 2023 In Peru, the most recent bloodshed occurred in the region of Puno, a heavily Indigenous part of the country, after villagers from remote Aymara communities arrived by the thousands to the city of Juliaca. Julie Turkewitz, BostonGlobe.com, 10 Jan. 2023 The most recent bloodshed occurred in the region of Puno, a heavily Indigenous part of Peru, after villagers from remote Aymara communities arrived by the thousands in the city of Juliaca. Genevieve Glatsky, New York Times, 10 Jan. 2023 The lake, Bolivia’s second largest, is very shallow, and has traditionally ebbed and flowed, according to both scientists and the lake’s long-time Aymara inhabitants. NBC News, 3 Aug. 2021

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Word History

Etymology

Spanish aymará

First Known Use

1752, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Aymara was in 1752

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“Aymara.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Aymara. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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