- 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, 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").