Definition of Andean in English:


Pronunciation: /anˈdiːən//ˈandɪən/


  • Relating to the Andes.

    • ‘My MA was in the same kind of anthropology, although my thesis focussed on Andean archaeology and ethnohistory.’
    • ‘There are 105 species of birds in the park and mammals ranging from Andean foxes to pumas that only rarely venture down from their mountain lairs.’
    • ‘While rebel attacks have left many parts of Colombia without electricity, telephone or water service, this Andean capital of seven million and other large cities have thus far been spared.’
    • ‘Lynn A. Meisch has conducted fieldwork in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia since 1973 and has published extensively on Andean life and culture.’
    • ‘The Andean Community includes Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela - replicating Bolivar's visionary Andean republic.’
    • ‘Evangelical sects are growing, especially among urban poor and Andean peasants.’
    • ‘One type of traditional Chilean folk music that is shared by Bolivia and Peru is Andean music, sometimes called altiplano, to indicate that it originated high in the mountains.’
    • ‘In 1985, two British climbers set out for that Andean peak, in a corner of Peru two days’ march from the nearest road.’
    • ‘Lauca is a flourishing ecosystem rich in Andean wildlife.’
    • ‘At one remove, Andean food customs that had passed into general currency in Colombia were also common usage in Panama (which was indeed part of Colombia until the beginning of this century).’
    • ‘We will climb as high as 4,200 feet in the mountains and have to cope with the humidity of Andean rainforests.’
    • ‘The side that once bore the precious metals shows the images of two great Andean deities: the bearded creator god Viracocha and a puma, symbol of energy and intelligence.’
    • ‘We urge all those interested in Andean topics to take a few minutes from their busy ‘main floor’ schedules and sit in on one or more of these informative presentations.’
    • ‘Later we saw the president in a meeting with Andean leaders, also sitting down and appearing before the cameras with the leader of Argentina, Nestor Kirchner.’
    • ‘Young musicians living in the Andes can move between traditional music, salsa, techno-cumbia and Andean rock due to sophisticated battery operated electronic systems.’
    • ‘With these bases, the US military is able to project air power over the Eastern Pacific, the Western Caribbean, all of Central America, and South America's Andean ridge.’
    • ‘We're working hard on a free trade agreement that will link the United States and Colombia as well as other Andean nations of South America in a wider economic partnership.’
    • ‘Since Fairbanks has spent some time in Africa, I would assume that although the book is based on Andean case studies, conclusions and advice are also based in part, on his experiences in Africa.’
    • ‘In the bar, we lounged and drank cocktails while a group of musicians entertained us with Andean music.’
    • ‘Previous studies have shown that the Tibetan, Ethiopian and Andean populations have developed slightly different ways of boosting their oxygen levels to cope with the thin air.’


  • A native or inhabitant of the Andes.

    • ‘Not surprisingly, Spanish authorities betrayed considerable anxiety over the years at Andeans ' ritual performances.’
    • ‘Interestingly, there is some evidence that Tibetans have progressed further in the adaptation process than Andeans, consistent with the much longer period that they have spent at high altitude.’
    • ‘It has sacramental meaning for the indigenous Andeans, who use it, as some of them told me, ‘to communicate with our ancestors.’’
    • ‘In the early colonial period ‘mestizo’ originally referred to the offspring of native Andeans and Spaniards.’
    • ‘The Andeans, whose lowland ancestors migrated from Asia perhaps 16,000 years ago, adjust to altitude essentially the same way as any lowlander would today - and it is not a perfect solution.’
    • ‘The style is thought to be typical of the dwellings of Andeans who occupied the region before the Inca or under Inca rule, but Frost said initial observations point to occupation by the Inca themselves.’
    • ‘If one were to seek fault with Abercrombie, it is only that he leaves the reader wanting more of his insightful conclusions regarding not only the Andeans and their history, but also about the nature of history itself.’
    • ‘With the migration in recent years from the highlands, Lima has become a reflection of all Peru's gente - from European and native Andeans, African Peruvians, Chinese, Japanese, Italians, and Germans to indigenous Amazonian tribes.’
    • ‘Dean asserts that the paintings utilize images of youthful misbehavior in contrast to well-mannered adults to convey an order-promoting message to common Andeans.’