[ pweb-loh; for 4, 5 also Spanish pwe-blaw ]
/ ˈpwɛb loʊ; for 4, 5 also Spanish ˈpwɛ blɔ /

noun, plural pueb·los [pweb-lohz; Spanish pwe-blaws] /ˈpwɛb loʊz; Spanish ˈpwɛ blɔs/.

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.

Nearby words

  1. pudovkin, vsevolod ilarionovich,
  2. pudsey,
  3. pudu,
  4. puducherry,
  5. puebla,
  6. pueblos,
  7. puericulture,
  8. puerile,
  9. puerilism,
  10. puerility

Origin of pueblo

1800–10, Americanism; < American Spanish; Spanish: town, people < Latin populus people

Related formspre·pueb·lo, adjective


[ pweb-loh ]
/ ˈpwɛb loʊ /


a city in central Colorado.
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British Dictionary definitions for pueblo


/ (ˈpwɛbləʊ, Spanish ˈpweβlo) /

noun plural -los (-ləʊz, Spanish -los)

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

Word Origin for pueblo

C19: from Spanish: people, from Latin populus


/ (ˈpwɛbləʊ) /

noun plural -lo or -los

a member of any of the North American Indian peoples who live in pueblos, including the Tanoans, Zuñi, and Hopi


/ (ˈpwɛbləʊ) /


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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