Definition of Chavín in English:



  • usually as modifier A civilization that flourished in Peru c.1000–200 BC, uniting a large part of the country's coastal region in a common culture.

    • ‘The archaeological site of Chavin gave its name to the culture that developed between 1500 and 300 B.C. in this high valley of the Peruvian Andes.’
    • ‘The centerpiece of the Chavin web site is a series of twenty-six 360-degree panoramic pictures of the site; you can use these to view the site as if you were standing on it.’
    • ‘The archaeological site of Chavin is one of the earliest and best-known pre-Columbian sites.’


From the name of the town and temple complex of Chavín de Huantar in the northern highlands, where the civilization was centred.