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

  • n. A member of a Nahuatl-speaking people of central and southern Mexico whose empire flourished from the 10th century until it collapsed under invasion by the Aztecs in the 12th century.
  • adj. Of or relating to the Toltec or their culture.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A member of a Pre-Columbian Native American people who dominated much of central Mexico between the 10th and 12th centuries AD.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of a race which formerly occupied Mexico.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A member of a race of Mexico which, according to tradition, coming from the north, ruled the country from the seventh to the eleventh century, their power passing later to the Aztecs.

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

  • n. a member of the Nahuatl speaking people of central and southern Mexico


Spanish tolteca, from Nahuatl toltecatl, artisan, mechanic.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish tolteca, from Nahuatl tōltēcah, plural of tōltēcatl ("inhabitant of Tollan"), from Tōllān + -catl. (Wiktionary)



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