Mix·​tec mē-ˈstek How to pronounce Mixtec (audio)
plural Mixtec or Mixtecs : a member of an Indigenous people of western Oaxaca and parts of adjacent states in southern Mexico
: the group of Otomanguean languages spoken by the Mixtec

Word History


American Spanish mixteco, from Nahuatl mixtēcatl, literally, inhabitant of Mixtlan (mountainous area of western Oaxaca), from mix- cloud + -tēcatl person (from)

First Known Use

1852, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Mixtec was in 1852

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“Mixtec.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Mixtec. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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