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[pweb-loh; for 4, 5 also Spanish pwe-blaw]
noun, plural pueb·los [pweb-lohz; Spanish pwe-blaws] /ˈpwɛb loʊz; Spanish ˈpwɛ blɔs/.
  1. 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.
  2. (initial capital letter) a member of a group of Indian peoples living in pueblo villages in New Mexico and Arizona since prehistoric times.
  3. an Indian village.
  4. (in Spanish America) a town or village.
  5. (in the Philippines) a town or a township.
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Origin of pueblo

1800–10, Americanism; < American Spanish; Spanish: town, people < Latin populus people
Related formspre·pueb·lo, adjective


  1. a city in central Colorado.
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  • I didn't see him for some years, when he showed up in Pueblo, where I was workin' in a smelter.

    The Vagrant Duke

    George Gibbs

  • The governor got like this once in a one-horse Mexican pueblo on the uplands, away from everywhere.


    Joseph Conrad

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for pueblo


noun plural -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
  3. (in the Philippines) a town or township
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Word Origin

C19: from Spanish: people, from Latin populus


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

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