cow·​girl | \ ˈkau̇-ˌgər(-ə)l How to pronounce cowgirl (audio) \

Definition of cowgirl

1 : a girl or woman who tends cattle or horses
2 : a girl or woman who is a rodeo performer

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Recent Examples on the Web Professional rodeo athletes and the amateur cowboys and cowgirls who qualified in the semifinals will compete in events such as team roping, barrel racing and bull riding for a $2.35 million purse — one of the biggest payouts in rodeo. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, "9 fun things to do the week of March 6-12 in Dallas-Fort Worth," 4 Mar. 2020 Dozens of horse trailers, cowboys and cowgirls roll into town over Ski Joring weekend, and the old mining town’s Wild West vibe reaches its height. Shauna Farnell, New York Times, "The Wild West, on Skis," 19 Mar. 2020 The seasoned cowboys and cowgirls have been perfecting their skills in the ring and are ready to compete during this two-day event. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Two days of cowgirls and cowboys competing at annual Poway Rodeo," 26 Sep. 2019 Watch amateur cowboys and cowgirls compete in events such as team roping, barrel racing and bull riding in hopes of qualifying for the finals March 7-8 at AT&T Stadium. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, "11 fun things to do the week of Feb. 28-March 5 in Dallas-Fort Worth," 26 Feb. 2020 Moments like these inspire the young cowgirl to write about her life on the ranch. Ryan T. Bell, National Geographic, "Cowboy poetry is a 150-year-old tradition. Will it survive in the 21st century?," 30 Jan. 2020 Designed to invoke local history, Circa will include Vegas Vickie (a high-kicking neon cowgirl formerly seen above Fremont Street) in its lobby. cleveland, "In Las Vegas lately, it’s lights, cameras and more lights," 9 Feb. 2020 Wagner’s story is reset deep in the heart of Texas, with Wotan as a powerful rancher, Siegfried as a guitar-strumming cowboy, and Brünnhilde as a sassy cowgirl. New York Times, "Review: ‘Das Barbecü’ Is Wagner’s ‘Ring’ With a Side of Brisket," 27 Jan. 2020 In 2002, Wade created colorful airbrushed blowups of vintage photos of the Alamo, King Ranch and a trick-riding cowgirl in the AT&T Center’s Saddles and Spurs Clubs. Scott Huddleston,, "The artist who made cowboy boots an icon of San Antonio dies," 26 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of cowgirl

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of cowgirl was in 1884

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5 Apr 2020

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“Cowgirl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cowgirl

: a woman who rides a horse and whose job is to take care of cows or horses especially in the western U.S.
: a girl or woman who performs in a rodeo


cow·​girl | \ ˈkau̇-ˌgərl How to pronounce cowgirl (audio) \

Kids Definition of cowgirl

: a girl or woman who works on a ranch or performs at a rodeo

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