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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Meanwhile, honing in on the cowgirl trend was Junglepussy. Vogue, "The 17 Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Michael B. Jordan Gives Blue Steel, Tracee Ellis Ross Breaks It Down, and More," 23 Mar. 2019 King Princess, also known as Mikaela Strauss, has tried out the cowgirl aesthetic before—albeit, one that pairs leather boots with copper velvet pants and a Bubble Wrap hoodie. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "King Princess’s New Music Video Is a Surreal Remake of an Iconic Wizard of Oz Scene," 2 Nov. 2018 Cowboys and cowgirls compete in the 85th annual Washington State Fair Rodeo in Puyallup this weekend. Alan Berner, The Seattle Times, "A wild ride at the Washington State Fair Rodeo," 8 Sep. 2018 The cowgirl-chic bed skirt and gold accent rug both came from Amazon. Katelyn Chef, Teen Vogue, "University of Mississippi Dorm Decor," 23 Aug. 2018 The latest issue of V Magazine features Selena Gomez looking absolutely gorgeous, rocking luscious curls and, a cowgirl hat, and flowers all over. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "Selena Gomez Rocks A Gorge New Look On The Cover Of V Magazine!," 17 Feb. 2015 On set, her petite frame is swathed in ripped and repaired denim, a pair of metallic cowgirl boots hinting at mischief. Vogue, "Diesel’s Fall 2018 Collection Is a Love Letter to ’90s London," 3 Aug. 2018 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

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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 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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