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From Spanish azteca, from Classical Nahuatl aztēcah, plural of aztēcatl (inhabitant of Aztlán).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈæz.tɛk/
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Aztec (plural Aztecs or Aztec)

  1. A Mexica.
    • 1994, Diego Durán, translated by Doris Heyden, The History of the Indies of New Spain:
      The lords of Tlatelolco were greatly angered over this and said, one to another, "These Aztecs believe that we are of an alien lineage. Do they not know that we are Aztecs like them[?]
      (= los señores de Tlatelulco, recibieron mucho enojo y pesadumbre, y dixeron entre sí mesmos: estos mexicanos imaginan que nosotros somos de diferente generacion quellos; no saben que somo mexicanos) [1867 edition]
  2. A Nahua.
    • 1989, Elizabeth Hill Boone, Incarnations of the Aztec Supernatural: The Image of Huitzilopochtli in Mexico and Europe:
      Although united culturally, the Aztecs thought of themselves in terms of their particular tribal affiliations: as Mexica, Tetzcoca, Culhua, Tepaneca, etc.
  3. (American football) A hybrid defensive back position combining aspects of the safety, nickelback and linebacker positions.

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  1. The Nahuatl language.
  2. A city, the county seat of San Juan County, New Mexico, United States.

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Aztec (comparative more Aztec, superlative most Aztec)

  1. Of or pertaining to the Mexica people.
  2. Of or pertaining to the Nahuas.
  3. Of or pertaining to the Nahuatl language.

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