Inca

noun
In·​ca | \ ˈiŋ-kə How to pronounce Inca (audio) \

Definition of Inca

1a : 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

Other Words from Inca

Incaic \ in-​ˈkā-​ik How to pronounce Inca (audio) \ adjective
Incan \ ˈiŋ-​kən How to pronounce Inca (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of Inca

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for Inca

Spanish, from Quechua inka ruler of the Inca empire

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“Inca.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Inca. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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