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"Virrey" is a noun which is often translated as "viceroy", and "azteca" is a noun which is often translated as "Aztec". Learn more about the difference between "virrey" and "azteca" below.
virrey(
bee
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rrey
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (ruler)
a. viceroy
Francisco de Toledo fue nombrado virrey del Perú por el entonces rey de España en 1569.Franciso de Toledo was named viceroy of Peru by the then king of Spain in 1569.
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el azteca, la azteca(
ahs
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teh
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kah
)
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
1. (member of a Mexican indigenous people)
a. Aztec
Los aztecas lucharon contra los conquistadores españoles.The Aztecs fought against the Spanish conquistadors.
2.
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
(literary)
(nationality)
a. Mexican
Los aztecas pasaron a los cuartos de final del mundial.The Mexicans made it to the quarterfinals of the World Cup.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (of Aztec origin)
a. Aztec
La capital del Imperio azteca era Tenochtitlan.Tenochtitlan was the capital city of the Aztec empire.
4.
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
(literary)
(of Mexican origin)
a. Mexican
La petrolera azteca invertirá en el extranjero.The Mexican oil company will invest abroad.
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