One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A kind of glazed coloured tile traditionally used in Spanish and Portuguese buildings.
- ‘The sounds of children playing spill out onto the street from houses covered in elaborate patterns of azulejos (painted tile).’
- ‘Also unique to Portugal are the decorative tiles known as azulejos.’
- ‘The blue tiles called azulejos are used widely - as in most Portuguese cities - but they are, perhaps, most impressive in the Sao Bento station.’
- ‘This area holds one of the largest concentrations of my favorite thing about Lisbon: the decorative tiles (azulejo).’
- ‘Few things are as characteristic or expressive of Portuguese architecture as its painted ceramic tiles, or azulejos.’
- ‘The hallmark of Portuguese architecture are azulejos, glazed ceramic tiles that cover the facades and interiors of churches, government buildings, and private homes.’
From Spanish, from azul ‘blue’.
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