The Quechuan language of the Inca Empire, now widely spoken throughout the Andes highlands from southern Colombia to Chile.
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.
The language spoken by these people.
Origin of quechua
- Spanish 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)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Spanish, from Quechua qichwa (literally “temperate valley").