Noun Adobe Definition and Examples







A kind of clay used as a building material.
  1. 'Traditional architectural styles are found in the rural communities, with variously shaped adobe houses with thatched roofs.'
  2. 'There are palm trees and cobbled roundabouts and beautiful old adobe buildings.'
  3. 'Southwestern style homes favor stucco or adobe exteriors and orange or red tile roofs.'
  4. 'Most of the homes of poor rural people are made of local materials, with floors of packed earth, walls of adobe or wattle and daub, and roofs of clay tiles or thatch.'
  5. 'To prevent the clay from becoming adobe brick, she dug in 15 tons of sand, 14 truckloads of composted manure, and 25 large bales of peat moss.'
  6. 'Derek and I joined this workshop and quickly learned much about the methods and benefits of adobe building.'
  7. 'The primary building material was large adobe brick, and huge pyramids towered above the city.'
  8. 'Wild West history abounds in Mesilla, where adobe buildings dating to the 1800s are still in use as shops and galleries.'
  9. 'The earthen plaster-covered adobe walls are thick enough to include built-in book-shelves, creating a small library alcove behind the kitchen.'
  10. 'Tombstone, an easy day trip from Tucson, does however offer one vision of Arizona's pioneer days: clapboard and adobe buildings, and, of course, re-enacted gunfights.'
  11. 'That is not to say that it is impossible to make a good adobe without straw, but speaks of the long-standing relationship between the two materials that is as old as anyone can remember.'
  12. 'The former map traces architecture, articulated with sources of building materials, ranging from adobe to varied stones.'
  13. 'If I ever build a house I will use a combination of straw bales and the adobe techniques we learned from Jon Jandai.'
  14. 'He's also introduced straw-clay bricks that can be used like lightweight adobes.'
  15. 'Stucco over adobe and rock are common materials.'
  16. 'The market is strong, with recently built adobes starting at around $180,000.'
  17. 'Stroll the main drag, Third Street, past restaurants and shops selling gifts and antiques, all housed in old adobes and low, false-fronted wood buildings.'
  18. 'Carol Decker puts a finger to her lips and looks beyond the adobe ruins to the sprawling expanse of flat brush-covered open ground.'
  19. 'But the predominance and thickness of the sheltering walls recalls the adobe.'
((n.) An unburnt brick dried in the sun; also used as an adjective, as, an adobe house, in Texas or New Mexico.)


1. sun-dried brick made of clay and straw, in common use in countries having little rainfall.

2. a yellow silt or clay, deposited by rivers, used to make bricks.

3. a building constructed of adobe.

4. a dark, heavy soil, containing clay.


"There can be adobe houses."
"There can be adobe platforms."
"There can be adobe towns."
"There can be adobe protagonists."
"There can be adobe people."
"There can be adobe dwellings."
"There can be adobe domes."
"There can be adobe constructions."
"There can be adobe buildings."
"There can be adobe bricks."
"There can be adobe arches."

Mid 18th century: from Spanish, from adobar ‘to plaster’, from Arabic aṭ-ṭūb, from al ‘the’ + ṭūb ‘bricks’.

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