Definition of adobo in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈdōbō/

noun (plural adobos)

1A spicy dish or sauce, in particular.
Example sentences
  • Chipotles (smoked jalapeno peppers) are available as a sauce or whole in adobo (a tomato-based sauce) in the Hispanic-foods section of most supermarkets.
  • Sour cream and smoky chipotle peppers in adobo sauce add a complex, fiery layer unique to a traditional party dip.
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped canned chipotle chilies in adobo sauce (sold at Latin American markets)
1.1A Filipino dish of chicken or pork stewed in vinegar, garlic, soy sauce, bay leaves, and peppercorns.
Example sentences
  • The Philippine Embassy ladies will participate in the mela and introduce everyone to cuisine like chicken adobo, garlic rice, pancit or vegetarian and non-vegetarian noodles, Philippine chicken barbecue and other delicacies.
  • In the Philippines, nipa vinegar is used to prepare chicken adobo and paksiw.
  • I tried the Thai green curry, Filipino adobo and Malaysian satay; all delicious.
1.2A paste or marinade made from chili peppers, vinegar, herbs, and spices, used in Mexican cooking.
Example sentences
  • It is large enough to serve as lunch for two or three, and luxuriously flavoured with pork adobo and with chilli.
  • The adobo marinade may be used to marinate raw meat for up to twenty-four hours before grilling or roasting.
  • Grilled flank steak is marvelously roast-beefy, sinewy and heady with adobo spice.


Spanish, literally 'marinade'.

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Syllabification: a·do·bo

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