bron·​co ˈbräŋ-(ˌ)kō How to pronounce bronco (audio)
variants or less commonly broncho
plural broncos also bronchos
: an unbroken or imperfectly broken range horse of western North America : bronc
broadly : mustang

Examples of bronco in a Sentence

a rodeo featuring bucking broncos
Recent Examples on the Web Mankiewicz has reported on a variety of stories for the newsmagazine, including the 25th anniversary of the O.J. Simpson bronco chase, the Jonestown massacre, and Jon Benet Ramsey investigation. Dateline Nbc, NBC News, 28 Nov. 2023 The cover shows a figure in blue, hanging on to a bucking bronco. Jon Dolan, Rolling Stone, 16 Oct. 2023 This week brings bike rides, bucking broncos and surfing stars to San Diego, as well as a celebrated Pride event in the South Bay. The Hub, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Aug. 2023 Once, Worthington rode Shamu the SeaWorld orca like a bronco. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 30 Aug. 2023 For the first time ever, Black Western athletes took center stage at the Portland Expo Center on Saturday, as the Eight Seconds Juneteenth Rodeo brought an evening full of buckin’ broncos, rip-roaring barrel racing and junior roping lessons to more than 2,500 rodeo enthusiasts. oregonlive, 18 June 2023 The goat jumps and runs, trying to free itself from the bird, while the eagle rides on its back as though the goat is a bucking bronco. Sage Marshall, Field & Stream, 15 June 2023 Two broncos served as beacons on the rooftop, and a life-size horse stood guard on the sidewalk in front of the shop. Amy Bizzarri, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 May 2023 The Wessex is available in 13 colorways, including bronco whiskey, analina cocoa, and Brooklyn moondust. Maria Conti, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History


Mexican Spanish, from Spanish, literally, rough, wild

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bronco was in 1850

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“Bronco.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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bron·​co ˈbräŋ-kō How to pronounce bronco (audio)
plural broncos
: an untamed or partly tamed horse of western North America

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