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[pweb-loh; for 4, 5 also Spanish pwe-blaw] /ˈpwɛb loʊ; for 4, 5 also Spanish ˈpwɛ blɔ/
noun, plural pueblos
[pweb-lohz; Spanish pwe-blaws] /ˈpwɛb loʊz; Spanish ˈpwɛ blɔs/ (Show IPA)
a communal structure for multiple dwelling and defensive purposes of certain agricultural Indians of the southwestern U.S.: built of adobe or stone, typically many-storied and terraced, the structures were often placed against cliff walls, with entry through the roof by ladder.
(initial capital letter) a member of a group of Indian peoples living in pueblo villages in New Mexico and Arizona since prehistoric times.
an Indian village.
(in Spanish America) a town or village.
(in the Philippines) a town or a township.
Origin of pueblo
1800-10, Americanism; < American Spanish; Spanish: town, people < Latin populus people
Related forms
prepueblo, adjective


[pweb-loh] /ˈpwɛb loʊ/
a city in central Colorado. Unabridged
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  • pueblo masonry is essentially made up of small, often minute, constructional units.

    A Study of Pueblo Architecture: Tusayan and Cibola Victor Mindeleff and Cosmos Mindeleff
  • San Augustin is a pueblo, endowed with certain municipal privileges.

    The Free Lances Mayne Reid
  • The philological affinities of the pueblo languages scarcely coincide with the geographical relations.

    Opuscula Robert Gordon Latham
  • Every Sunday he came to the pueblo and stood in the doorway of the church.

    The Dead Command Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • Travelers and explorers describe the scenery of the pueblo country as a very peculiar one.

    The Prehistoric World E. A. Allen
  • He became the laughing-stock of the pueblo, and grew brutal and churlish accordingly.

    An Eagle Flight Jos Rizal
British Dictionary definitions for pueblo


/ˈpwɛbləʊ; Spanish ˈpweβlo/
noun (pl) -los (-ləʊz; Spanish) (-los)
a communal village, built by certain Indians of the southwestern US and parts of Latin America, consisting of one or more flat-roofed stone or adobe houses
(in Spanish America) a village or town
(in the Philippines) a town or township
Word Origin
C19: from Spanish: people, from Latin populus


noun (pl) -lo, -los
a member of any of the North American Indian peoples who live in pueblos, including the Tanoans, Zuñi, and Hopi


a city in Colorado: a centre of the steel industry. Pop: 103 648 (2003 est)
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Word Origin and History for pueblo

"Indian village," 1808, from Spanish pueblo "village, small town; people, population," from Latin populum, accusative of populus "people" (see people (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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