Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The Quechuan language of the Inca empire, now widely spoken throughout the Andes highlands from southern Colombia to Chile.
  • n. A member of a South American Indian people originally constituting the ruling class of the Inca empire.
  • n. A member of a Quechuan-speaking people.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A member of one of several South American ethnic groups that spans Peru, Bolivia, northwestern Argentina, northern Chile, and in Ecuador and southern Colombia.
  • proper n. The language spoken by these people.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the language of the Quechua which was spoken by the Incas
  • n. a member of a South American Indian people in Peru who were formerly the ruling class of the Inca empire
  • n. a community of South American Indians in Peru who were formerly the ruling class of the Incan Empire

Etymologies

Spanish, from Quechua kkechuwa, plunderer.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Spanish, from Quechua qichwa (literally "temperate valley") (Wiktionary)

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  • lengua general of Incan South America in the 16th, 17th and early 18th Centuries

    December 5, 2010