Definition of adobe
1 : a brick or building material of sun-dried earth and straw
2 : a structure made of adobe bricks
3 : a heavy clay used in making adobe bricks; broadly : alluvial or playa clay in desert or arid regions
adobelikeplay \-ˌlīk\ adjective
Examples of adobe in a Sentence
The house was built of adobe.
Recent Examples of adobe from the Web
Via Google Maps The single-story adobe was built in 1795 by Francisco Salvador Lugo, once one of Alta California’s largest landholders.
The structure was made of wood and adobe, in the Spanish style, but the wallpaper added after independence is English.
In 1972, Carol Merrill, a graduate student at the University of New Mexico in her early twenties, sent a letter to Georgia O’Keeffe at the artist’s adobe house in Abiquiú.
For a town designed to blend in – a city ordinance requires that buildings look like earthen adobe structures –
Wander the plaza, search adobe shops and restaurants.
A group of volunteers from the nonprofit Friends of the Rancho Buena Vista Adobe, led by second generation adobe volunteer Mary Gafner, are set on reviving the tradition July 9.
Gafner, whose parents have volunteered at the adobe for more than a decade, is recruiting community members to become adobe volunteers.
Hudson’s house is a simple three-room building of rock-hard adobe bricks, the thick walls whitewashed and topped with a beam and shingle roof.
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Did You Know?
Handmade sun-dried bricks, adobes are formed from a mixture of heavy clay and straw found in dry regions. As a building material, adobes date back thousands of years and are found in many parts of the world. Molds for shaping the bricks were brought to the New World by the Spanish. Excellent insulating properties make adobes ideal material for both dwellings and ovens; home interiors retain heat in winter and stay cool in summer. The adobe buildings at Taos, New Mexico, are typical of Native American pueblo dwellings.
Origin and Etymology of adobe
Spanish, from Arabic al-ṭūb the brick, from Coptic tōbe brick, from Egypt dbt
First Known Use: 1748See Words from the same year
ADOBE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of adobe for English Language Learners
: a type of brick made of a mixture of mud and straw that is dried by the sun
ADOBE Defined for Kids
Definition of adobe for Students
1 : brick made of earth or clay dried in the sun
2 : a building made of adobe
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