Inca

noun

In·​ca ˈiŋ-kə How to pronounce Inca (audio)
1
a
: a member of the Quechuan peoples of Peru maintaining an empire until the Spanish conquest
b
: a king or noble of the Inca empire
2
: a member of any people under Inca influence
Incaic adjective
Incan adjective

Examples of Inca in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In South America, the Inca saw solar eclipses as a sign of the sun god’s displeasure; leaders would try to divine the source of his wrath and appease him with an appropriate sacrifice. Dan Falk, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Mar. 2024 The practice had been abandoned even before the rise of Inca civilization in the 13th century. Chelsea Fisher, The Conversation, 26 Feb. 2024 The altitude is one reason why various Inca mummified remains have been found in remarkable states of preservation. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 28 Dec. 2023 But new research has revealed that this unassuming plaza dates back nearly five millennia, to an era that far preceded the Inca and their predecessors, like the Wari and Chimú cultures. Joshua Rapp Learn, Discover Magazine, 29 Feb. 2024 Depart for Ollantaytambo, one of the region’s most impressive Inca fortresses. The Bon Appétit Staff & Contributors, Bon Appétit, 7 Feb. 2024 Machu Picchu is one of those rare bucket list travel destinations that truly exceeded my expectations; the 15th-century Inca citadel is well-maintained and properly regulated by the Peruvian government to ensure travelers have an incredible experience. Kaitlyn McInnis, Travel + Leisure, 23 Jan. 2024 Spirit of the Inca and Aztecs Millions are the ones with the biggest rewards. Sponsored Content, The Mercury News, 11 Jan. 2024 Archaeologists think the girl was sacrificed during an Inca ritual called capacocha. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Oct. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Spanish, from Quechua inka ruler of the Inca empire

First Known Use

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of Inca was in 1594

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“Inca.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Inca. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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Inca

noun
In·​ca ˈiŋ-kə How to pronounce Inca (audio)
1
: a noble or a member of the American Indian peoples of Peru maintaining an empire until the Spanish conquest
2
: a member of any people under Inca influence
Incan adjective

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