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gaucho

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noun gau·cho \ˈgau̇-(ˌ)chō\

Simple Definition of gaucho

  • : a cowboy in South America

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of gaucho

plural

gauchos

  1. :  a cowboy of the South American pampas

Did You Know?

The nomadic and colorful horsemen of the Argentine and Uruguayan plains, the guachos remain folk heroes famed for hardiness and lawlessness. Gauchos flourished from the mid-18th to the mid-19th century. At first they rounded up the herds of horses and cattle that roamed freely on the vast grasslands east of the Andes. In the early 19th century, they fought first in the armies that defeated the Spanish colonial regime and then for the military dictators who jockeyed for power after independence. Argentine writers celebrated the gauchos, and gaucho literature is an important part of the Argentine cultural tradition.

Origin and Etymology of gaucho

American Spanish


First Known Use: 1824


Learn More about gaucho

  1. Spanish Central: Translation of gaucho Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about gaucho


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