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ˈɪŋ kəin·ca

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Incanoun

    a ruler of the Incas (or a member of his family)

  2. Inca, Inka, Incannoun

    a member of the Quechuan people living in the Cuzco valley in Peru

  3. Inca, Inkanoun

    the small group of Quechua living in the Cuzco Valley in Peru who established hegemony over their neighbors in order to create an empire that lasted from about 1100 until the Spanish conquest in the early 1530s


  1. Incanoun

    A member of the group of Quechuan peoples of highland Peru who established an empire from northern Ecuador to central Chile before the Spanish conquest.

  2. Etymology: From inkô, from yenǵ-. Cognate with jinc, ekki, ekkje.


  1. Inca

    The Inca Empire (also known as the Incan Empire and the Inka Empire), called Tawantinsuyu by its subjects, (Quechua for the "Realm of the Four Parts") was the largest empire in pre-Columbian America. The administrative, political and military center of the empire was in the city of Cusco. The Inca civilization arose from the Peruvian highlands sometime in the early 13th century. The Spanish began the conquest of the Inca Empire in 1532 and by 1572, the last Inca state was fully conquered. From 1438 to 1533, the Incas incorporated a large portion of western South America, centered on the Andean Mountains, using conquest and peaceful assimilation, among other methods. At its largest, the empire joined modern-day Peru, what are now western Ecuador, western and south central Bolivia, northwest Argentina, the southwesternmost tip of Colombia and a large portion of modern-day Chile into a state comparable to the historical empires of Eurasia. Its official language was Quechua.The Inca Empire was unique in that it lacked many of the features associated with civilization in the Old World. Anthropologist Gordon McEwan wrote that the Incas were able to construct "one of the greatest imperial states in human history" without the use of the wheel, draft animals, knowledge of iron or steel, or even a system of writing.


  1. inca

    The Inca were a pre-Columbian civilization located in South America, predominantly in what is now Peru, from the 13th to 16th centuries. They represented the largest empire in the Western Hemisphere prior to the arrival of Europeans. The term "Inca" can also specifically refer to the ruling class or royal family within this civilization. Their society was highly structured, with impressive advancements in agriculture, architecture, and a road network system. The Inca civilization collapsed after the Spanish conquest led by Francisco Pizarro in the 16th century.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Incanoun

    an emperor or monarch of Peru before, or at the time of, the Spanish conquest; any member of this royal dynasty, reputed to have been descendants of the sun

  2. Incanoun

    the people governed by the Incas, now represented by the Quichua tribe


  1. Inca

    Inca is a 1992 computer game developed by Coktel Vision and published by Sierra On-Line.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Inca

    ing′ka, n. the name of the ancient kings and princes of Peru:—pl. Incas (ing′kaz). [Sp. inca—Peruvian inca.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Inca

    a king or royal prince of the ancient original people of Peru.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. inca

    A king or prince of Peru, before the conquest of that country by the Spaniards.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of inca in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of inca in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of inca in a Sentence

  1. Phil Cappelli:

    Absorbing the exceptional culinary flavors of Peru would be one of the highlights of the company's new tour to the country in 2016, which will have everything from 'a 'New Andean' feast at Huaca Pucllana -- one of Lima's most celebrated restaurants overlooking the illuminated ruins of a pre-Inca pyramid -- to a traditional Pachamanca feast.

  2. Machu Picchu:

    As soon as George [and] I came back from doing the Inca Trail is when my mind started shifting from Kilimanjaro being just a personal goal to including other amputees.

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