cow town


Definition of cow town

1 : a town or city that serves as a market center or shipping point for cattle
2 : a usually small unsophisticated town within a cattle-raising area

Examples of cow town in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Daruszka, who speaks on rail topics at libraries and local historical societies, is leading a campaign to make more people aware of how railroads fueled Chicago’s explosive growth from frontier cow town to America’s third largest city. Susan Degrane,, 4 Nov. 2021 Not a shining city on a hill, but a little cow town in the mountains. Erin Sood, Dallas News, 1 July 2021 Residents rolled their eyes at the depictions of Marshall as a cow town in the wave of pre-draft stories on Lance. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 May 2021 Maybe, just maybe, Lock can be the new sheriff in this dusty old cow town. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, 8 Dec. 2019 Sugar Bowl When the Sugar Bowl opened in 1958, Scottsdale was more cow town than swanky place to chow down. Sonja Haller, azcentral, 9 Feb. 2015 Even the cow towns of the supposedly Wild West had gun laws far more strict than those found in any American jurisdiction today. Joseph Blocher, Vox, 24 Mar. 2018 People come from all over the world to Abilene to get a sense of the cow town where a handful of rough-and-tumble characters used to drive thousands of cattle coming up from Texas. Lauren Johnson And Jesse Sparks, Smithsonian, 2 May 2017 See More

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First Known Use of cow town

1885, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Cow town.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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