Meaning of Otomi in English:


Pronunciation /ˌəʊtəˈmiː/

nounplural noun Otomi

  • 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.’
  • 2mass noun The 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’.