lariat

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

lar·i·at

noun \ˈler-ē-ət\

Definition of LARIAT

:  a long light rope (as of hemp or leather) used with a running noose to catch livestock or with or without the noose to tether grazing animals :  lasso

Examples of LARIAT

  1. <the cowboy could throw a lariat around a running steer's head from 20 yards away>

Origin of LARIAT

American Spanish la reata the lasso, from Spanish la the + American Spanish reata lasso, from Spanish reatar to tie again, from re- + atar to tie, from Latin aptare to fit — more at adapt
First Known Use: 1832

Related to LARIAT

Synonyms
lasso, reata, riata

Rhymes with LARIAT

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: lariat loop
Previous Word in the Dictionary: lari
All Words Near: lariat

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up lariat? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).