noun \ˈpwe-(ˌ)blō; pü-ˈe-, pyü-\

: a group of Native American homes that have flat roofs and that were used in the past in the southwestern U.S.

Pueblo : a member of any of several groups of Native Americans from the southwestern U.S.

plural pueb·los

Full Definition of PUEBLO

a :  the communal dwelling of an American Indian village of Arizona, New Mexico, and adjacent areas consisting of contiguous flat-roofed stone or adobe houses in groups sometimes several stories high
b :  an American Indian village of the southwestern United States
capitalized :  a member of a group of American Indian peoples of the southwestern United States

Origin of PUEBLO

Spanish, village, literally, people, from Latin populus
First Known Use: 1808


geographical name \ˈpwe-ˌblo\

Definition of PUEBLO

city SE cen Colorado on the Arkansas pop 106,595


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Taos Pueblo, N.M., with domed oven in the foreground.—Ray Manley/Shostal Associates

(Spanish: “town”) Community of the Pueblo Indians of the southwestern U.S., consisting of multistoried apartment houses constructed of large adobe blocks beginning c. AD 1000. Freestanding structures up to five stories tall were built around a central court. Each floor is set back from the floor under it; the whole structure resembles a stepped pyramid, with terraces formed by the rooftops of the level below. Though rooms often have connecting doorways, movement between levels is by means of ladders through holes in the ceilings. Ground-floor rooms, used for storage, have no outside doors. Each pueblo has at least two kivas. Many of the pueblos are still occupied; Acoma pueblo is believed to be the oldest continuously inhabited place in the U.S. Some of the largest pueblos are at Taos, Isleta, Laguna, and Zuni. See also cliff dwelling.


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