Definition of azulejo in US English:



  • A kind of glazed colored tile traditionally used in Spanish and Portuguese buildings.

    • ‘Few things are as characteristic or expressive of Portuguese architecture as its painted ceramic tiles, or azulejos.’
    • ‘The sounds of children playing spill out onto the street from houses covered in elaborate patterns of azulejos (painted tile).’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘Also unique to Portugal are the decorative tiles known as 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’.