azulejo

noun
azu·​le·​jo | \ ˌä-sü-ˈlā-(ˌ)hō How to pronounce azulejo (audio) , -zü-, -thü- \
plural azulejos

Definition of azulejo

: a glazed usually blue ceramic tile originally of Portugal and Spain

Examples of azulejo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The clean mint, lemon, and verbena scents of the Banho Citron Verbena, wrapped in packaging inspired by Portugal’s azulejo tiles, and the woodier Cerina Brise Marine soap, which has top notes of bergamot and Mediterranean pine. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hostess Gifts Under $50 So You Don't Show Up to Holiday Dinner Parties Empty-Handed," 4 Nov. 2019 Learn new skills in the classroom, then grab your camera and hit the streets, photographing the Alfama neighborhood's crooked cobblestone lanes, painted Portuguese azulejo tiles, and dramatic modern street murals towering over the sidewalks. National Geographic, "Lisbon High School Photography Workshop," 12 June 2019 Sometimes Portuguese azulejos are glorious, like the early 20th-century panels that line the vestibules of Porto’s São Bento railway station, where an arrival or departure becomes a stopover in a mammoth china cabinet. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "A Portuguese Palace That’s a Tile Lover’s Dream Destination," 5 July 2018 Start by admiring the azulejo tiles and vintage bullfight posters at Casa Cuesta, in operation since 1880. New York Times, "36 Hours in Seville," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of azulejo

1813, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for azulejo

Portuguese or Spanish

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“Azulejo.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/azulejo. Accessed 29 January 2020.

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