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MAYA

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Maya mean? 

MAYA (noun)
  The noun MAYA has 3 senses:

1. a member of an American Indian people of Yucatan and Belize and Guatemala who had a culture (which reached its peak between AD 300 and 900) characterized by outstanding architecture and pottery and astronomy
2. an ethnic minority speaking Mayan languages and living in Yucatan and adjacent areas
3. a family of American Indian languages spoken by Maya

  Familiarity information: MAYA used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


MAYA (noun)


Sense 1Maya [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A member of an American Indian people of Yucatan and Belize and Guatemala who had a culture (which reached its peak between AD 300 and 900) characterized by outstanding architecture and pottery and astronomy

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

Maya; Mayan

Context example:

Mayans had a system of writing and an accurate calendar

Hypernyms ("Maya" is a kind of...):

American Indian; Indian; Red Indian (a member of the race of people living in America when Europeans arrived)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "Maya"):

Quiche (a member of the Mayan people of south central Guatemala)

Mam (a member of a Mayan people of southwestern Guatemala)

Kekchi (a member of a Mayan people of north central Guatemala)

Cakchiquel (a member of the Mayan people living in south central Guatemala)

Yucatec; Yucateco (a member of the Mayan people of the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico)

Holonyms ("Maya" is a member of...):

federation of tribes; tribe (a federation (as of American Indians))


Sense 2Maya [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An ethnic minority speaking Mayan languages and living in Yucatan and adjacent areas

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Hypernyms ("Maya" is a kind of...):

ethnic minority (a group that has different national or cultural traditions from the majority of the population)


Sense 3Maya [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A family of American Indian languages spoken by Maya

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

Mayan language; Mayan; Maya

Hypernyms ("Maya" is a kind of...):

American Indian; American-Indian language; Amerind; Amerindian language; Indian (any of the languages spoken by Amerindians)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "Maya"):

Kekchi (a Mayan language spoken by the Kekchi)

Mam (a Mayan language spoken by the Mam)

Yucatec; Yucateco (a Mayan language spoken by the Yucatec)

Quiche (the Mayan language spoken by the Quiche)

Cakchiquel (the Mayan language spoken by the Cakchiquel)


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