noun pl. Pueblo,
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 Pueblo
American 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.
A city of southeast-central Colorado south of Colorado Springs on the Arkansas River. It was founded in the mid-1800s and grew as a coal-mining center.x
- A community in Spain or Spanish America, especially one of Pueblo Indians living in a stone or adobe multi-storey building. [from 19th c.]
From Spanish pueblo, from Latin populus.