[al-buh-kur-kee; for 1 also Portuguese awl-boo-ker-kuh]
  1. Af·fon·so de [uh-fawn-soo duh] /əˈfɔ̃ sʊ də/, 1453–1515, founder of the Portuguese empire in the East.
  2. a city in central New Mexico. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for albuquerque

Contemporary Examples of albuquerque

Historical Examples of albuquerque

  • Coutinho would listen to nothing, and Albuquerque was obliged to follow him.

  • "Right across the way from old Albuquerque," he said finally.

    Unborn Tomorrow

    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • Total distance from Fort Smith to Albuquerque, 814-3/4 miles.

    The Prairie Traveler

    Randolph Marcy

  • O'Reilly kept the right envelope, and it was safer with him than at Albuquerque.

    The Lion's Mouse

    C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson

  • He was something of an invalid, and lived always at the Albuquerque place.

    The Lion's Mouse

    C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson

British Dictionary definitions for albuquerque


  1. a city in central New Mexico, on the Rio Grande. Pop: 471 856 (2003 est)


  1. Afonso de (əˈfõsu dəː). 1453–1515, Portuguese navigator who established Portuguese colonies in the East by conquering Goa, Ceylon, Malacca, and Ormuz
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Word Origin and History for albuquerque


city in New Mexico, U.S., founded 1706 and named for Spanish administrator and viceroy of Mexico Francisco Fernández de la Cueva, Duque de Alburquerque (1617-1676); name altered by association with Portuguese soldier Alfonso de Albuquerque (1453-1515), both named from Alburquerque, a town in Spain close to the Portuguese border, meaning "white oak;" ultimately from Latin albus "white" and quercus "oak."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

albuquerque in Culture



Largest city in New Mexico.

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