Spanish Loanwords | A

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soul (usually given with a possessor prefix)
(a loanword from Spanish)

James Lockhart, Nahuatl as Written: Lessons in Older Written Nahuatl, with Copious Examples and Texts (Stanford: Stanford University Press and UCLA Latin American Studies, 2001), 211.

dragonfly (partially a loanword from Spanish, from avión, airplane)

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abbess (see attestions)
(a loanword from Spanish)

to embrace, hug
(based on the loanword from Spanish, abrazar, to embrace, hug)

Fernando Horcasitas found this form was used in the language of dances that were recorded in various pueblos by ethnographers. (twentieth century)
Fernando Horcasitas, "La Danza de los Tecuanes," Estudios de Cultura Náhuatl 14 (1980), 239–286, see especially p. 257.

April
(a loanword from Spanish)

Orthographic Variants: 
açeite

oil
(a loanword from Spanish)

Orthographic Variants: 
azetonas, axitonax

olive(s) (a loanword from Spanish)

minutes, proceedings of some constituted body (a word probably not used by sixteenth-century Tlaxcalans)
(a loanword from Spanish)

The Tlaxcalan Actas: A Compendium of the Records of the Cabildo of Tlaxcala (1545-1627), eds. James Lockhart, Frances Berdan, and Arthur J.O. Anderson (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1986), 153.

Orthographic Variants: 
aquario

Aquarius, a sign of the zodiac; Chimalpahin included this in his reckoning of the intersection of the Aztec and Christian calendars (central Mexico, seventeenth century)
Codex Chimalpahin: Society and Politics in Mexico Tenochtitlan, Tlatelolco, Culhuacan, and Other Nahuatl Altepetl in Central Mexico; The Nahuatl and Spanish Annals and Accounts Collected and Recorded by don Domingo de San Antón Muñón Chimalpahin Quauhtlehuanitzin, eds. and transl. Arthur J. O. Anderson and Susan Schroeder (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1997), vol. 2, 120–121 and 128–129.

Orthographic Variants: 
aqualliyos, aquaioyos, aquariyos

aquarius, a sign of the zodiac; actually, originally a loanword from Latin, although possibly similar in siixteenth-century Spanish; see Lori Boornazian Diel, The Codex Mexicanus: A Guide to Life in Late-Sixteenth-Century New Spain (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2018), 172.

Orthographic Variants: 
Adam

Adam

Louise M. Burkhart, Before Guadalupe: The Virgin Mary in Early Colonial Nahuatl Literature, Institute for Mesoamerican Studies Monograph 13 (Albany: University at Albany, 2001), 17.

Orthographic Variants: 
acnos tey

Lamb of God
(a phrase from Latin)

Orthographic Variants: 
agusto, augustus, augusto

August
(a loanword from Spanish)

August (month)

Orthographic Variants: 
alauertan, alahuērtah

orchard; or, an intensively cultivated garden (one example specifically mentions growing flowers in the huerta)
(a loanword from Spanish)

James Lockhart, Nahuatl as Written: Lessons in Older Written Nahuatl, with Copious Examples and Texts (Stanford: Stanford University Press and UCLA Latin American Studies, 2001), 210.

an alb, a white linen tunic worn over a habit
(a loanword from Spanish)

Orthographic Variants: 
albasea, albansea, albasia, alfasea, aluacia, aluacia

executor of a will
(a loanword from Spanish)

a fruit
(a loanword from Spanish, but originally from Arabic)

Orthographic Variants: 
algaite, alcayde

jailor
(a loanword from Spanish)

Frances Karttunen and James Lockhart, Nahuatl in the Middle Years: Language Contact Phenomena in Texts of the Colonial Period, Linguistics 85 (Los Angeles, University of California Publications, 1976), 54.

highest magistrate of a district, often equivalent to "corregidor" and usually held by a Spanish colonial official
(a loanword from Spanish)

The Tlaxcalan Actas: A Compendium of the Records of the Cabildo of Tlaxcala (1545-1627), eds. James Lockhart, Frances Berdan, and Arthur J.O. Anderson (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1986), 153.