bron·​co | \ ˈbräŋ-(ˌ)kō How to pronounce bronco (audio) \
variants: or less commonly broncho
plural broncos also bronchos

Definition of bronco

: 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

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The album cover shows a bucking bronco, while promotional photography depicts Bruce wearing a shearling over a denim jacket or a flannel workcoat over a jean jacket. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Even Bruce Springsteen Has Joined The Yeehaw Agenda," 26 Apr. 2019 Sutton made a race of it, leaning into a record of public service as well as his history as a professional bronco rider, a career that left him paralyzed. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Kristi Noem elected first woman governor of South Dakota," 7 Nov. 2018 But for her own productions, Ms. Borges mixes these childhood influences with polyrhythms, frantic beats, air horns and elements of genres like trance, European techno, Afro-house and American R&B. Her drums thwack like a bucking bronco. Kate Hutchinson, New York Times, "Nídia Is Bringing the Sound of Lisbon’s Ghettos to the World," 14 June 2018 Niggling grievances mount, like a seed stuck in your tooth or the burr in the saddle that sets off the bronco. Hannah Elliott,, "Jaguar roars into the new golden era for station wagons," 24 Mar. 2018 Nobody dusts himself off and gets back on the bronco like this guy. Michael Rosenberg,, "Why Shouldn’t We Be More Nervous About Jordan Spieth’s Putting Struggles? Because He’s Jordan Spieth," 12 June 2018 Riders pile into one truck, for instance, driving 12 hours to hit an event in Wichita, and in the eight seconds allotted for each official ride on a bronco that's trying to kill them a rider might earn only $72, or nothing at all. Nathan Deuel,, "True grit in the modern American West: 'The Last Cowboys' by John Branch," 10 May 2018 Sure, youth can be intoxicating, but so is a guy who's been to a few rodeos and knows how to handle a bucking bronco. Nick Levine, GQ, "Don't Be a Complete Jerk on Gay Dating Apps," 27 Apr. 2018 More recently, Brady’s skull was fractured by a bronco in the ring, leaving him with a frightening scar on the side of his head and neurological damage that causes seizures in his right hand. A.o. Scott, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Rider’ Is an American Regional Film to Savor," 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of bronco

1850, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bronco

Mexican Spanish, from Spanish, literally, rough, wild

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English Language Learners Definition of bronco

: a wild horse of western North America


bron·​co | \ ˈbräŋ-kō How to pronounce bronco (audio) \
plural broncos

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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