Definition of Tzotzil in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtsōtsēl/ /ˈtsoʊtsil/

nounTzotzil, Tzotzils

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

    ‘Mr Sterk says that, when evangelicals first come in, the Tzotzils want to defend their spiritual world.’
    • ‘From then on, nearly three hundred Indians, mainly Tzotzils, have converted to Islam in Chiapas.’
    • ‘That shared commitment to peace has brought us and the Tzotzils of Chenalhó together to learn from each other.’
    • ‘Among some groups, such as Tzotzils, costume is not simply clothing, it is a mark distinguishing group from group.’
    • ‘From c.1960, Tzeltals and Tzotzils migrated to the region from central Chiapas.’
    • ‘Sheep husbandry among the Tzotzils is the exclusive responsibility of women, and it accounts for up to 36% of family income.’
    • ‘In the hamlet of Tzajalemel in 1868, breakaway Tzotzils worshiping a talking saint established a moneyless economy with a sophisticated barter system.’
    • ‘In general, the traditional lands of the Tzeltals lie at lower elevations than the lands of the Tzotzils.’
    • ‘Now numbering some 330,000, the Tzotzils in the mountains of Chiapas have never been fully assimilated into the Catholic, Hispanic world since Spain conquered Mexico in the 1500s.’
    • ‘The objective of this investigation is to document the linguistic and ethnobiological heritage of the Tzotzils of Venustiano Carranza, Chiapas, Mexico.’
    • ‘San Juan Chamula is the principal town of the Tzotzils, with a population of around 80,000-it is also the main religious and economic center of the community.’
    • ‘The Tzotzils planted their corn on steep, rocky slopes, wove clothes on traditional backstrap looms, ground corn by hand and patted out mountains of tortillas over smoky fires.’
  • 2The Mayan language of the Tzotzil.

    ‘They sit on the rim of the back of the truck, laughing and joking in their native tongue of Tzotzil while holding on for dear life.’
    • ‘Tzotzil appears to contrast both physical and mental proximity, if I'm reading my source right.’


  • Relating to the Tzotzil or their language.

    ‘In Chiapas, Maya of the Tzeltal and Tzotzil tribes took part in the Zapatista uprising of January 1994.’
    • ‘A native of the Tzotzil ethnic group, she lives in a small rural town 130 miles away from San Cristóbal de las Casas, the capital city of the southern Mexican state of Chiapas.’
    • ‘Tzotzil people make up the largest indigenous group in Mexic´s southernmost state of Chiapas.’


The name in Tzotzil.