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 Homestyle means pork adobo ($10.50 for a plate dinner), fatty chunks of pork stewed in brown sauce like a Sunday roast over white rice. Mike Sutter,, "3 San Antonio food trucks worth leaving the house to get your takeout of carnitas, barbecue and Filipino classics," 9 Apr. 2020 Try chipotle peppers in adobo sauce in: Turkey Posole Soup Roasted Tomato Sauce Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef Beans are one of the main proteins used in Mexican cooking. Katie Workman, NBC News, "Want to make more Mexican food at home? Stock your pantry with these staples," 4 May 2020 In addition to an entire roasted pig, the Feb. 15 Kamayan feast will feature lumpia, a Filipino spring roll made with pork and vegetables, as well as chicken adobo, a signature dish of the Philippines made with marinated meat. Nicole Ludden, azcentral, "This chef is bringing Instagram-worthy Filipino pop-up feasts to metro Phoenix," 15 Feb. 2020 Baked Chicken Tinga Tacos Chicken Tinga is a traditional Mexican dish that combines tomato, chipotle and adobo sauce with shredded chicken. Rebecca White, Dallas News, "3 easy dinners to make while quarantined with kids," 23 Mar. 2020 Bonus: Your Valentine will swoon over the silky spicy coconut adobo sauce from chef Angela Dimayuga (and by extension, maybe you). Los Angeles Times, "12 recipes to cook at home on Valentine’s Day," 10 Feb. 2020 One is our good friend chipotles in adobo sauce, and the other is cashews. Alex Delany, Bon Appétit, "6 Things to Do With a Can of Chipotles in Adobo Sauce," 14 Jan. 2020 Tenderloin with adobo yucateo opened a value debate. Mike Sutter,, "Review: High-end San Antonio restaurant Evo Contemporary Mexican Cuisine has noble approach, humble results in Olmos Park," 23 Jan. 2020 For instance, the restaurant is working on ways to offer adobo — pork or chicken braised in soy and vinegar — such as being served in a burrito. Austin Fuller,, "Filipino-American restaurant Taglish coming to Orlando’s Lotte Plaza Market," 25 Sep. 2019

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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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“Adobo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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