1. a member of an American Indian people of Yucatan and Belize and Guatemala who had a culture (which reached its peak between AD 300 and 900) characterized by outstanding architecture and pottery and astronomy; "Mayans had a system of writing and an accurate calendar"
(hypernym) Indian, North American Indian, American Indian, Red Indian
(member-holonym) tribe, federation of tribes
2. an ethnic minority speaking Mayan languages and living in Yucatan and adjacent areas
(hypernym) ethnic minority
3. a family of American Indian languages spoken by Mayan peoples
(synonym) Mayan, Mayan language
(hypernym) Amerind, Amerindian language, American-Indian language, American Indian, Indian