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

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.

Origin of pueblo

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




a city in central Colorado.
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Examples from the Web for pueblo

Contemporary Examples of pueblo

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

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    Justin Jones

    July 10, 2014

  • Pueblo is the gateway to the southern Colorado community and the Southwest.

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    Red, White, and Muslim

    Asma Gull Hasan

    February 26, 2009

  • I grew up in a rural, mini-metropolis about 100 miles south of Denver: Pueblo, Colorado.

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    Red, White, and Muslim

    Asma Gull Hasan

    February 26, 2009

  • While her husband had stayed on in Chicago to practice radiology, my father had moved his family to Pueblo.

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    Asma Gull Hasan

    February 26, 2009

Historical Examples of pueblo

  • 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)

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



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




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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