- pl. -·uas or -·ua a member of a group of South American Indian peoples dominant in the former Inca Empire
- the language of these peoples, now spoken widely in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina, and Chile
Origin of QuechuaSpanish ; from Quechua qheswa, qhechwa, temperate valleys
or Quich·ua also Kech·ua
nounpl. Quechua Quechua or Quech·uas or Quichua or Quich·uas also Kechua or Kech·uas
- The Quechuan language of the Inca Empire, now widely spoken throughout the Andes highlands from southern Colombia to Chile.
- a. A member of a South American Indian people originally having been part of the Inca Empire.b. A member of a Quechuan-speaking people.
Origin of QuechuaSpanish, from Quechua (Cuzco dialect) qhichwa, temperate valley (originally used in Spanish to designate the language of one Quechua-speaking ethnic group inhabiting the temperate valleys of the Andes and later extended to other groups).
(plural Quechuas or Quechua)
- The language spoken by these people.
Spanish, from Quechua qichwa (literally “temperate valley").