Az·​tec ˈaz-ˌtek How to pronounce Aztec (audio)
: a member of a Nahuatl-speaking people that founded the Mexican empire conquered by Cortes in 1519
: a member of any people under Aztec influence
ˈaz-ˌte-kən How to pronounce Aztec (audio)

Examples of Aztec in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Aphrodisiacs of the Aztec and Inca Aztec and Inca societies used a huge number of aphrodisiacs, from peanuts to hallucinogenic mushrooms to insect larvae. JSTOR Daily, 24 June 2024 The artist — who actually has a high success rate with proposals — submitted an outdoor painting that depicted the city of Denver but in a circular shape inspired by the Aztec calendar. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Denver Post, 24 June 2024 Allen David Heyl, B.Sc., CPG., VP Exploration of Aztec, is the Qualified Person under NI43-101, supervised the Tombstone exploration programs. Sacramento Bee, 24 June 2024 The Edge didn’t do as well as either phone on the GFXBench Aztec Ruins GPU test. PCMAG, 20 June 2024 The only Aztec in double-figure scoring, LeDee has upped his production from 7.9 points in 18.1 minutes per game last year to 21.5 points in 32.7 minutes this season, while also leading the team in rebounds (8.4). Joe Arruda, Hartford Courant, 27 Mar. 2024 Ash Nudd, former park ranger and current hiking concierge at the Wyndham property, The Moab Resort, says that Mesa Arch and Aztec Butte in Island in the Sky, and Druid Arch in The Needles, are among her favorites. Alicia Erickson, Condé Nast Traveler, 25 Jan. 2023 Future Aztec throws 100 pitches as Torrey Pines wins 3-0 in ‘if-necessary’ game for spot in Open Division championship game Facebook Peyton Rodgers has been outstanding all season. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 May 2024 The Ecological Basis for Aztec Sacrifice World History Encyclopedia. Joshua Rapp Learn, Discover Magazine, 9 May 2024

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Word History


Spanish azteca, from Nahuatl aztēcah, plural of aztēcatl

First Known Use

1810, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of Aztec was in 1810

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“Aztec.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


Az·​tec ˈaz-ˌtek How to pronounce Aztec (audio)
: a member of an Indigenous people that ruled a large empire in Mexico in the 15th-16th centuries

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