Definition of Otomi in US English:



  • 1A member of an indigenous people inhabiting parts of central Mexico.

    • ‘More important are what I consider to be the infrequent errors of emphasis and interpretation: for example, the references to the Otomi.’
  • 2The Otomanguean language of the Otomi.


  • Relating to the Otomi or their language.

    • ‘The editors correctly mention the fear and respect that Nahuas had for Otomi prowess in war but fail to mention their equally strong disdain.’
    • ‘His paternal grandmother, an Otomi Indian, also inspired his spiritual direction.’
    • ‘For example, the Otomi Indian child in Mexico can identify and knows the uses of 138 plants compared to the ordinary school-going Mexican child in the same village, who can identify only 37.’


Via American Spanish from Nahuatl otomih, literally ‘unknown’.