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MAYAN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Mayan mean? 

MAYAN (noun)
  The noun MAYAN has 2 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. a family of American Indian languages spoken by Maya

  Familiarity information: MAYAN used as a noun is rare.


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MAYAN (noun)


Sense 1Mayan [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 ("Mayan" 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 "Mayan"):

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 ("Mayan" is a member of...):

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


Sense 2Mayan [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 ("Mayan" 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 "Mayan"):

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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