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 Pour adobo over, rubbing it into the skin, head and cavity. Arkansas Online, 2 June 2021 Filipino adobo, Senegalese peanut stew, and manicotti bursting with the freshest ricotta were all on offer. Dawn Davis, Bon Appétit, 13 May 2021 Massage the adobo into the meat until well coated on all sides. Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2021 Chicken adobo is best served over rice or any whole grain that sops up the unctuous sauce. Beth Dooley Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 27 Jan. 2021 Transfer the chiles, roasted tomatoes, garlic and the remaining half of the adobo to a blender, working in batches if needed, and blend until very smooth. Tara Duggan,, 30 Oct. 2020 Chicken adobo, the national dish of the Philippines, is a surprising masterpiece. Beth Dooley Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 27 Jan. 2021 To make the adobo, in a small bowl, combine the olive oil, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, oregano, coriander, pepper and MSG, if using. Washington Post, 15 Jan. 2021 Pressure Cooker Birria: To make the birria in your multicooker, add the adobo, beef, bay leaf and 6 cups water to the pot. Washington Post, 9 Dec. 2020

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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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8 Jun 2021

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“Adobo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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