Definition of Yucatec in US English:



  • 1A member of an indigenous people of the Yucatán peninsula in southeastern Mexico.

    • ‘More than six million people speak today one about the twenty-eight Maya languages spread within nine great families, among whom Quiches and Yucatecs are most numerous.’
    • ‘The majority of the population lived outside the city walls in palapa huts similar to the homes many Yucatecs live today.’
    • ‘The Yucatecs live on the warm and tropical Yucatan Peninsula, and the Tzotzil and Tzeltal live in the highlands of Chiapas.’
    • ‘The Tzotzil and Tzeltals live in the highlands of Chiapas, while the Yucatecs live on the tropical Yucatán Peninsula.’
    • ‘Many Mayan indigenous groups live in Mexico such as the Yucatecs, the Tzotzil, and the Tzeltal.’
    1. 1.1informal A native or inhabitant of the peninsula or the state of Yucatán.
  • 2The Mayan language of the Yucatec.

    • ‘Despite the fact that modern Yucatec has retained many features of Classic Maya, its ‘ancientness,’ like that of any living language, is highly disputable.’


  • Relating to the Yucatec or their language.

    • ‘Colonial Yucatec ritual practice also insisted on ceremonies of nomination and ordering.’


From Spanish yucateco.