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Hueyi Tlatoani

This article is about tlatoque in general. For the rulers of Tenochtitlan, see List of Tenochtitlan rulers.

Tlatoani (Classical Nahuatl: tlàtoāni [tɬaʔtoˈaːni]; plural tlàtòquê, [tɬaʔ.ˈtoʔ.keʔ]) is the Nahuatl term for the ruler of an altepetl, a pre-Hispanic state. The word literally means "speaker", but may be translated into English as "king".[1] A cihuātlàtoāni ([si.waː.t͡ɬaʔ.to.ˈaː.ni]) is a female ruler, or queen regnant.[2]

The term cuauhtlatoani refers to "provisional, interim, or at least non-dynastic rulers".[3] The leaders of the Mexica prior to their settlement are sometimes referred to as quauhtlatoque, as are those colonial rulers who were not descended from the ruling dynasty.

The ruler's lands were called tlahtohcātlālli [t͡ɬɑʔtoʔkɑː't͡ɬɑːlːi][4] and the ruler's house was called tlahtohcācalli [t͡ɬɑʔtoʔkɑː'kɑlːi][4]

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(English) (Nahuatl)
(French) (Nahuatl)
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