pueb·lo | \ˈpwe-(ˌ)blō; pü-ˈe-, pyü-\
plural pueblos

Definition of pueblo 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the communal dwelling of an American Indian village of Arizona, New Mexico, and adjacent areas consisting of contiguous flat-roofed stone or adobe houses in groups sometimes several stories high

b : an American Indian village of the southwestern U.S.

2 capitalized : a member of a group of American Indian peoples of the southwestern U.S.


geographical name
Pueb·lo | \ˈpwe-ˌblo \

Definition of Pueblo (Entry 2 of 2)

city on the Arkansas River in southeast central Colorado population 106,595

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The pueblo closes for special religious events and for 10 weeks from late winter to early spring. Andrea Sachs, chicagotribune.com, "This summer, stop by the 23 U.S. locales that have risen to become UNESCO World Heritage sites," 4 May 2018 In the 1790s, Jose Vicente Feliz, a former soldier who had led the earliest Spanish settlers into the new pueblo of Los Angeles—and who later served as de facto mayor of the tiny town—was granted 6,677 acres of rancho land for his services. Hadley Meares, Los Angeles Magazine, "Who Was That? The People Behind Famous L.A. Place Names," 20 June 2018 Although the park encompasses the largest pueblo, hundreds of smaller sites dot a 100,000-square-kilometer area surrounding the point where Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah meet. April Reese, Science | AAAS, "Drilling boom threatens web of ancient roads in Southwest," 16 May 2018 Also defeated in semi-official returns was Proposition 3, that would have given the council authority to dispose of more than 1,800 acres of city pueblo lands. sandiegouniontribune.com, "April 19, 1961: First councilwoman elected," 19 Apr. 2018 Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico Price: $2,700,000 This gorgeously restored and updated pueblo-style home in the Historic Eastside of Santa Fe, New Mexico, is a winner of the city’s Heritage Preservation Award. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Historic pueblo-style home with luxury updates wants $2.7M in Santa Fe," 18 Apr. 2018 The air of international bohemianism hadn’t yet descended on the pueblo. Tyrone Beason, The Seattle Times, "A reporter feels the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr.’s promised land on a Mexican mountaintop," 31 Mar. 2018 The essentials: In this comedy by Native American playwright Dillon Chitto, a senior center’s teenage bingo caller worries about leaving his pueblo for college in the outside world. Margaret Gray, latimes.com, "The 99-Seat Beat: 'Bingo Hall,' 'Proof,' Pat Kinevane and women fighting back," 9 Mar. 2018 At Los Portales, a pueblo-style collection of 20 adobe brick rooms rings around a garden, with Mexican-style equipales for the sitting Condé Nast Traveler, "Gage Hotel," 20 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of pueblo


1808, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for pueblo


Spanish, village, literally, people, from Latin populus

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English Language Learners Definition of pueblo

: a group of Native American homes that have flat roofs and that were used in the past in the southwestern U.S.

Pueblo : a member of any of several groups of Native Americans from the southwestern U.S.


pueb·lo | \ˈpwe-blō \
plural pueblos

Kids Definition of pueblo

1 : an American Indian village of Arizona or New Mexico made up of groups of stone or adobe houses with flat roofs

2 capitalized : a member of any of several American Indian peoples of Arizona or New Mexico

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