Na·​huatl ˈnä-ˌwä-tᵊl How to pronounce Nahuatl (audio)
: a group of closely related Uto-Aztecan languages that includes the speech of several peoples (such as the Aztecs) of central and southern Mexico and Central America
Nahuatlan adjective or noun

Examples of Nahuatl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Except, in the codex, many of these homophones were based on Nahuatl words, requiring knowledge of the language to decipher them. Carolina A. Miranda, Los Angeles Times, 4 Nov. 2023 In the earliest days of Spanish colonization of what is now the U.S.-Mexico border region, settlers speaking Nahuatl, the Aztec language, probably outnumbered Spaniards. Andrew Van Dam, Washington Post, 27 Oct. 2023 At his school, Speak Nahuatl, Cayetano not only teaches the language but also the deeper meaning behind the words. Constanza Eliana Chinea, Los Angeles Times, 9 Oct. 2023 The most basic form of the dish very likely goes back to the Aztecs (even its name, chee-luh-KEY-lays, originates from the Nahuatl language), and over hundreds of years, variations embedded themselves throughout Mexican culture. Bryan Washington, New York Times, 2 Aug. 2023 Today, somewhere between 1.5 and two million people speak some form of the Nahuatl language. Avery Hurt, Discover Magazine, 4 Oct. 2021 Márquez named her clinic Papalotl, which means butterfly in Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs, to represent her culture and honor her indigenous ancestors. María Ramos Pacheco, Dallas News, 19 June 2023 Yoali, which means night in Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs, is operated by friends Esti Romero and Sofía Lobatos. María Ramos Pacheco, Dallas News, 20 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History


Spanish náhuatl, from Nahuatl Nāhuatl

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Nahuatl was in 1876

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“Nahuatl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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