Ma·​yan ˈmī-ən How to pronounce Mayan (audio)
: a member of the peoples speaking Mayan languages
: an extensive language family of Central America and Mexico
Mayan adjective

Examples of Mayan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Drug cartel violence and land disputes are making certain Mayan ruin sites in Mexico unreachable, according to the government. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 30 Jan. 2024 The couple divorced in 2012 when Mayan was 15 years old. Sarah Title, Peoplemag, 24 Jan. 2024 Explore Mayan ruins at Chichén Itzá, take the ferry to Isla Mujeres, or find a secluded beach at Playa Delfines. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 21 Jan. 2024 Playing what was essentially a game of telephone, the duo interpreted from Spanish to Mayan and from Mayan to Nahuatl, in the process swaying a large group of Indigenous vassals who were tired of paying tribute to Moctezuma and his allies. Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Los Angeles Times, 2 Jan. 2024 The fascinating Mayan ruins inspire many of the buildings throughout the property. Essence, 15 Dec. 2023 Also making appearances are Jamal Sims, Joel Kim Booster, Law Roach, Mayan Lopez, Isaac Mizrahi, Adam Shankman, Kaia Gerber, and Kyra Sedgwick. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 14 Dec. 2023 Most Popular Vanessa Hudgens Wore Vera Wang to Marry Cole Tucker in the Heart of the Mayan Jungle But what about the physical limits of aging? Didi Gluck, Vogue, 7 Dec. 2023 Nestled about 12 miles north of Playa del Carmen on the coastline of the Mayan Riviera, Chablé Maroma offers a two-way experience like few others: a confluence of lush tropical nature and pristine white-sand beaches all in one place. John Vorwald, Robb Report, 30 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of Mayan was in 1900

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“Mayan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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