Definition of pueblo in English:


nounPlural pueblos, Plural Pueblos

  • 1A North American Indian settlement of the south-western US, especially one consisting of multistoreyed adobe houses built by the Pueblo people.

    • ‘Serra also assisted in founding four presidios (military garrisons) and two pueblos.’
    • ‘Some pueblos are thronged with tourists at special ceremonies, but others remain closed to the public or prohibit filming and photography so as to forestall commercialism and disrespect.’
    • ‘At one end of the Plaza, craftsmen from Native American pueblos spread out blankets filled with contemporary Jemez pottery, Hopi wooden dolls, and Santo Domingo turquoise jewelry.’
    • ‘Not all Brotherhoods employ such techniques, but some do in the smaller pueblos where the communities are more close-knit and it is more difficult to keep secrets.’
    • ‘The Tewa pueblos have dual village leaders, where the heads of the winter and summer moieties each exercise responsibility for half the year.’
    community, colony, outpost, encampment
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  • 2PuebloA member of any of various North American peoples, including the Hopi, occupying pueblo settlements chiefly in New Mexico and Arizona.

    • ‘Until the arrival of the Spanish, the Apaches and the Pueblos had enjoyed a mercantile relationship: Pueblos traded their agricultural products and pottery to the Apaches in exchange for buffalo robes and dried meat.’
    • ‘Once the Pueblos regained their sovereignty, they continued that belief system.’
    • ‘Some Pueblos, fearing Apache raiders, re-established their Spanish ties.’
    • ‘These are things that most Pueblos traditionally keep secret, despite the prying of anthropologists and the occasional indiscretion of informants and writers.’
    • ‘Navajos lived too far from the colonists, who were concentrated in the upper Rio Grande Valley, to be subjected to the disruption of their lives that the Pueblos suffered at the hands of the Spanish.’


  • Relating to or denoting the Pueblo or their culture.

    ‘the Pueblo people’
    • ‘‘Inferiority’ is established partly by constructing Pueblo culture as timeless (and so quite unlike the progressive West).’
    • ‘They (like the Tewa Pueblo dancers) wore traditional clothing; they enacted their story to eerie-sounding didjeridu music, miming the ancient murder and rebirth of a hero.’
    • ‘One such tribe, the Pueblo Indians, gave the weary explorers shelter and food.’
    • ‘Those ancient peoples are now believed to have become the Papago, Pima, and Pueblo peoples of the contemporary Southwest.’
    • ‘Religious beliefs are deeply interwoven in many aspects of Pueblo culture, including farming, storytelling, dances, art, architecture, and other everyday activities.’


Spanish, literally ‘people’, from Latin populus.