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Pueb·​lo·​an ˈpwe-blə-wən How to pronounce Puebloan (audio)
plural Puebloans
: a member of a group of Indigenous peoples of the southwestern U.S. : pueblo
… Tewa and other Puebloans knew they were descended from the people who built Mesa Verde's cliff dwellings. Their oral histories told them so.Krista Langlois
: ancestral puebloan
Warfare was common around A.D. 1200, and cliff dwellings provided safety and security to Puebloans.Joe Fox et al.


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: of, relating to, or being the Pueblos (see pueblo sense 2)
modern Puebloan peoples/culture/art
: of, relating to, or being the Ancestral Puebloans
He also had a fascination with ancient civilizations, particularly the Puebloan people of the American Southwest.John Branch

Examples of Puebloan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
The Inn recently introduced a set of elaborate experiential programs: Guests can take the Historic High Road to nearby Taos and Chimayo to visit a native weaving studio, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Taos Pueblo, and a 500+ year-old Puebloan home. Alexandra Malmed, Vogue, 8 Nov. 2023 In 2001, tree-ring experts at the University of Arizona used chemical analyses and discovered that the wood in the Puebloan constructions was sourced from mountain ranges at least 46 miles away—the furthermost, Chuska mountains, are 62 miles away from Chaco Canyon. Popsci Staff, Popular Science, 7 June 2023 The remote canyon, marked by more than 4,000 pre-contact structures stretching across more than 3,000 years of human history features several large communities forming a major center of ancestral Puebloan culture and history. Debra Utacia Krol, The Arizona Republic, 2 June 2023 The early Native American inhabitants of the area, a Puebloan people who spoke the Tewa language, also believed the dirt was medicinal. David Kelly, Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use


1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1905, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Puebloan was in 1883

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“Puebloan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Puebloan. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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