[pweb-loh; for 4, 5 also Spanish pwe-blaw]
- 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
- a city in central Colorado.
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Examples from the Web for pueblo
The Pueblo Grande Museum and Archeological Park has a settlement history of its own.The Ghost Towns of Arizona Live On
July 10, 2014
Pueblo is the gateway to the southern Colorado community and the Southwest.
I grew up in a rural, mini-metropolis about 100 miles south of Denver: Pueblo, Colorado.
While her husband had stayed on in Chicago to practice radiology, my father had moved his family to Pueblo.
I didn't see him for some years, when he showed up in Pueblo, where I was workin' in a smelter.The Vagrant Duke
The governor got like this once in a one-horse Mexican pueblo on the uplands, away from everywhere.Victory
Once beyond rifle range of the pueblo his escape would be certain.Bloom of Cactus
Robert Ames Bennet
He and his retinue lodged just outside the walls of the Pueblo of Hawaikuh.
Xulkumcheel was a pueblo which does not seem to have survived.The Maya Chronicles
- 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
C19: from Spanish: people, from Latin populus
- 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