Pueblo structures at Mesa Verde, Colorado
An example of a pueblo is a group of Native Americans living in a small community.
- a type of communal village built by certain Amerindian peoples of the SW U.S. and parts of Latin America, consisting of one or more flat-roofed structures of stone or adobe, arranged in terraces and housing a number of families
- [P-] a member of any of the peoples inhabiting pueblos, as a Zuni or Hopi
- any Indian village in the SW U.S.
- in Spanish America, a village or town
- in the Philippines, a municipality; town or township
Origin of puebloSp, village, people from Classical Latin populus, people
Origin of Pueblosee pueblo
nounpl. Pueblo, or Pueb·los
- a. Any of some 25 Native American peoples, including the Hopi, Zuni, and Taos, living in established villages in northern and western New Mexico and northeast Arizona. The Pueblo are considered to be descendants of the cliff dwellers and are noted for their skilled craft in pottery, basketry, weaving, and metalworking.b. A member of any of these peoples.
- pueblo pl. pueb·los A village or community of any of the Pueblo peoples, traditionally consisting of multilevel adobe or stone apartment dwellings of terraced design clustered around a central plaza.
Origin of PuebloAmerican Spanish from Spanish people, pueblo from Latin populus people ; see public . Word History: The word pueblo ultimately comes from the Latin word meaning “people,” populus, also the source of other English words like population and even people itself, by way of Old French pueple. As the spoken Latin of Spain developed into the Spanish language, Latin populus became Spanish pueblo, meaning “town, village,” as well as “nation, people.” The 16th-century Spanish explorers who visited the area naturally used this word to refer to the distinctive adobe and stone villages of the Pueblo peoples, in which some buildings rose as high as five stories. Pueblo first appears in English as a word for the distinctive villages of the Pueblo peoples, and it later came to be used to refer to the peoples living in the villages.