- 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
- a city in central Colorado.
Examples from the Web for pueblos
I have very good friends in New Mexico, and I was just out at one of the pueblos there, like an hour from Albuquerque.Is Light Pollution the Easiest Environmental Problem to Fix?
July 17, 2013
The low roofs of the houses and pueblos swarmed with warriors.South American Fights and Fighters
Cyrus Townsend Brady
They have been reported from both Nagaba and Nueva Valencia, pueblos of that island.Negritos of Zambales
William Allan Reed
The Indians of the pueblos,—in the middle status of barbarism.The Discovery of America Vol. 1 (of 2)
He paid the workmen eight cuartos a day, and got them from other pueblos, too.An Eagle Flight
Pueblos occasionally may be seen from the car-window in New Mexico.The Book of the National Parks
Robert Sterling Yard
- 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
- 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)
Word Origin and History for pueblos
"Indian village," 1808, from Spanish pueblo "village, small town; people, population," from Latin populum, accusative of populus "people" (see people (n.)).
Native American people, now found in Arizona and New Mexico, whose distant ancestors often lived in multilevel dwellings on the sheer sides of canyons. Some of these dwellings, which resembled apartment houses, can be seen in Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado. The Spanish explorers discovered these people in the sixteenth century living in villages and named both the villages and the people “pueblos” (Spanish for town).