[ pweb-loh; for 4, 5 also Spanish pwe-blaw ]

noun,plural pueb·los [pweb-lohz; Spanish pwe-blaws]. /ˈpwɛb loʊz; Spanish ˈpwɛ βlɔs/.
  1. a communal structure for multiple dwelling and defensive purposes of certain agricultural Indians of the southwestern United States: 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.

  2. (initial capital letter) a member of a group of Indian peoples living in pueblo villages in New Mexico and Arizona since prehistoric times.

  1. an Indian village.

  2. (in Spanish America) a town or village.

  3. (in the Philippines) a town or a township.

Origin of pueblo

An Americanism dating back to 1800–10; from Colonial Spanish; Spanish: “town,” from Latin populus “community, people, nation”; cf. people

Other words from pueblo

  • pre·pueb·lo, adjective

Words Nearby pueblo

Other definitions for Pueblo (2 of 2)

[ pweb-loh ]

  1. a city in central Colorado.

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How to use pueblo in a sentence

  • The pueblo Grande Museum and Archeological Park has a settlement history of its own.

  • He is a member of the Santa Ana pueblo, one of the 22 tribes in New Mexico.

    A Teen's Third-World America | Eliza Griswold | December 26, 2010 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Dennis owned a beautiful church-like adobe building near the Taos pueblo, where his brother lived.

    Remembering My Friend Dennis | Caroline Graham | May 29, 2010 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • pueblo is the gateway to the southern Colorado community and the Southwest.

    Red, White, and Muslim | Asma Gull Hasan | February 26, 2009 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • I grew up in a rural, mini-metropolis about 100 miles south of Denver: pueblo, Colorado.

    Red, White, and Muslim | Asma Gull Hasan | February 26, 2009 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • And so Coronado, thanks to one of his splendid inventions, was not invited up to the pueblo.

    Overland | John William De Forest
  • In the morning she had noticed, at the other end of the pueblo from her quarters, a large room which was frequented by men alone.

    Overland | John William De Forest
  • The man had come up to the pueblo on purpose to have a plain talk with the girl and learn exactly what she meant to do with him.

    Overland | John William De Forest
  • Curious eyes now turned toward the seeming mound on the summit, querying whether it might not be the remains of an antique pueblo.

    Overland | John William De Forest
  • Doña Jocasta regarded Tula doubtfully; she certainly gave no appearance of holding wealth to redeem a pueblo.

    The Treasure Trail | Marah Ellis Ryan

British Dictionary definitions for pueblo (1 of 3)


/ (ˈpwɛbləʊ, Spanish ˈpweβlo) /

nounplural -los (-ləʊz, Spanish -los)
  1. 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

  2. (in Spanish America) a village or town

  1. (in the Philippines) a town or township

Origin of pueblo

C19: from Spanish: people, from Latin populus

British Dictionary definitions for Pueblo (2 of 3)


/ (ˈpwɛbləʊ) /

nounplural -lo or -los
  1. a member of any of the North American Indian peoples who live in pueblos, including the Tanoans, Zuñi, and Hopi

British Dictionary definitions for Pueblo (3 of 3)


/ (ˈpwɛbləʊ) /

  1. a city in Colorado: a centre of the steel industry. Pop: 103 648 (2003 est)

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