Meaning of azulejo in English:


Pronunciation /ˌazjʊˈleɪhəʊ/

nounplural noun azulejos

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

    ‘The hallmark of Portuguese architecture are azulejos, glazed ceramic tiles that cover the facades and interiors of churches, government buildings, and private homes.’
    • ‘Few things are as characteristic or expressive of Portuguese architecture as its painted ceramic tiles, or azulejos.’
    • ‘The blue tiles called azulejos are used widely - as in most Portuguese cities - but they are, perhaps, most impressive in the Sao Bento station.’
    • ‘Also unique to Portugal are the decorative tiles known as azulejos.’
    • ‘The sounds of children playing spill out onto the street from houses covered in elaborate patterns of azulejos (painted tile).’
    • ‘This area holds one of the largest concentrations of my favorite thing about Lisbon: the decorative tiles (azulejo).’


From Spanish, from azul ‘blue’.