plural adobos
: a Philippine dish of fish or meat usually marinated in a sauce containing vinegar and garlic, browned in fat, and simmered in the marinade
: a spicy marinade used in Latin American cuisine and usually containing vinegar, garlic, and chili peppers
chipotles in adobo
: 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 So for heat lovers, this barbecue-style sauce with chipotles in adobo and cranberries is just the ticket. Washington Post Staff, Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2023 Highlights include adobo oyster, duck adobo, pork belly pulled noodles, keso ice cream, adobo martini. Elazar Sontag, Bon Appétit, 13 Sep. 2023 In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the sauce: maple syrup, adobo sauce, and vinegar. Adam Dolge, Southern Living, 18 Sep. 2023 One standout dish is duck adobo, rich with fat and crispy skin, accompanied by a thick, coconut-forward sauce. Jasmine Ting, Travel + Leisure, 25 Aug. 2023 Traditional adobo sauces are commonly enriched with coconut milk, and the dish is frequently made with pork. Sunset Staff, Sunset Magazine, 28 Sep. 2023 Stir in the cilantro, scallions, pickled jalapeños and their brine, chipotle and adobo sauce, 1 teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Christopher Kimball, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Sep. 2023 Add the garlic, chipotle in adobo, cumin, oregano, and salt. The View, ABC News, 27 Sep. 2023 Remove chops from air fryer, and let rest on a cutting board for 5 minutes. Make maple sauce: Meanwhile, stir together maple syrup, adobo sauce, and vinegar in a small bowl. Adam Dolge, Southern Living, 18 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of adobo was in 1938

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Cite this Entry

“Adobo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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