[ uh-doh-bee ]
/ əˈdoʊ bi /


sun-dried brick made of clay and straw, in common use in countries having little rainfall.
a yellow silt or clay, deposited by rivers, used to make bricks.
a building constructed of adobe.
a dark, heavy soil, containing clay.

Origin of adobe

1750–60; Americanism; < Spanish < Arabic al-ṭub the brick < Coptic to:o:be brick < Egyptian Demotic tb < Egyptian Hieroglyphic ḏbt Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for adobe

/ (əˈdəʊbɪ) /


  1. a sun-dried brick used for building
  2. (as modifier)an adobe house
a building constructed of such bricks
the clayey material from which such bricks are made

Word Origin for adobe

C19: from Spanish
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