cow·girl | \ˈkau̇-ˌgər(-ə)l \

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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Keith told the Orange County Register this week that one of the guys in the group, a highway patrolman, set his cap for a pretty cowgirl in the bar. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "20 years ago, Toby Keith wrote his 'Cowboy' monster hit in an unusual Kansas spot. | The Kansas City Star," 6 Apr. 2018 The rodeo featured eight events such as bareback riding, cowgirl barrel racing, team and tie down roping, and bull riding. David Sharos, Aurora Beacon-News, "Fox Valley Rodeo draws families, fans who 'want to see some cowboys'," 8 July 2018 The 25-year-old singer and former Disney Channel star celebrated the Fourth of July on Wednesday in a red, white, and blue button-up cowgirl dress with sequin and fringe details. Dave Quinn,, "Miley Cyrus Has a 'Party in the U.S.A' in Patriotic Gear for Fourth of July," 5 July 2018 Pro Rodeo Calling all cowboys and cowgirls, 7:30-9:30 p.m.; gates open at 6., "Davie and Cooper City area events, June 20-30," 18 June 2018 When the dust cleared, the ERA cowboys and cowgirls dropped their lawsuit. Melissa Lyttle, Smithsonian, "The First Family of Rodeo," 13 Dec. 2017 Paramount Ranch Release your inner cowgirl at Paramount Ranch. Hadley Meares, Los Angeles Magazine, "10 Historic L.A. Places to Visit on a Sunny Day," 14 May 2018 Pulling up to the 20,000-acre working ranch sure looks like the rodeo; the waving stream of American flags and nearly two dozen cowboys and cowgirls lined up on horseback makes for one helluva welcome wagon. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Trace Adkins auctions hat and guitar, helps Cattle Baron's Ball raise $2 million for breast cancer," 2 May 2018 Now, pop legend Kylie Minogue is strapping on her cowgirl boots for her upcoming album Golden. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Kylie Minogue Lives Her Country Girl Fantasy in New Video for 'Stop Me From Falling'," 3 Apr. 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of cowgirl

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

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