ado·​bo | \ ə-ˈdō-bō How to pronounce adobo (audio) , ä-ˈt͟hō-bō How to pronounce adobo (audio) \
plural adobos

Definition of adobo

1 : a Philippine dish of fish or meat usually marinated in a sauce containing vinegar and garlic, browned in fat, and simmered in the marinade
2 : a spicy marinade used in Latin American cuisine and usually containing vinegar, garlic, and chili peppers chipotles in adobo
3 : a seasoning mixture that typically includes ground dried garlic, ground dried onion, oregano, salt, and pepper

Examples of adobo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At Understory, the menu is an unapologetic mélange of culinary influences, designed by the staff to mirror their identities: Filipino adobo, Burmese semolina cake, Moroccan lamb tagine, a Mexican chile relleno. Anna Buchmann, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 July 2022 Her tacos de tinga, also known as spicy chicken tacos, drip with an adobo that electrifies the shredded breast meat packed into the tortilla. Washington Post, 15 June 2022 Also tried some sweet-and-sour chicken wings, which ate as advertised and were similarly accessible as the adobo. Matt Wake |, al, 12 Apr. 2022 The all-you-can-eat buffet loaded with stews from chicken adobo to pork blood-heavy dinuguan is a popular choice. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Mar. 2022 The masa chicharrones with vinegar were an homage to eating adobo at Christmas family gatherings. Jenn Harris Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 23 Feb. 2022 Carlo Lamagna, the man behind Portland’s 2021 Restaurant of the Year, Magna Kusina, was promoted to the head chef position in 2014, adding crispy lumpia, pork cheek adobo and other dishes inspired by his Filipino heritage. Michael Russell, oregonlive, 16 Jan. 2022 Not just for the tasting menus or pastries or longganisa sandwiches or mushroom adobo, offered by day with garlic rice ($16) and by night as a maitake frond with mussel emulsion. Louisa Chu,, 27 Dec. 2021 Her recipe for chicken adobo is inspired by the versions made by her family. Globe Staff,, 12 May 2020 See More

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First Known Use of adobo

1938, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for adobo

borrowed from Spanish, "marinade," noun derivative of adobar "to arrange, prepare, cook, marinate," borrowed from Old French adober "to arm (a knight), prepare," from a- (going back to Latin ad- ad-) + -dober, borrowed from Old Low Franconian *dubban "to strike"; akin to Old Frisian dubba "to hit, knock" — more at dub entry 1

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26 Jul 2022

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“Adobo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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