Definition of Moche in US English:



  • A pre-Inca culture that flourished on the northern coast of Peru in the 1st to 7th centuries AD.

    • ‘The 1,500-year-old mummy may shed new light on the mysterious Moche culture, which occupied Peru's northern coastal valleys from about A.D.100 to 800.’
    • ‘Inca rule started with the conquest of the Moche culture in Peru.’
    • ‘He frequently consults with the National Geographic Society on a wide variety of topics, including the Moche, the Inca, and Francisco Pizarro.’
    • ‘The revelation of gruesome forms of torture is puzzling in part because the Moche developed a vibrant and highly advanced culture.’
    • ‘Housing artifacts of the Moche people, the museum is designed like one of their pyramids.’


From the name of the Moche valley in northern Peru, where remains of the culture were discovered.