Definition of gaucho
: a cowboy of the South American pampas
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The nomadic and colorful horsemen of the Argentine and Uruguayan plains, the guachos remain folk heroes famed for hardiness and lawlessness. Gauchos flourished from the mid-18th to the mid-19th century. At first they rounded up the herds of horses and cattle that roamed freely on the vast grasslands east of the Andes. In the early 19th century, they fought first in the armies that defeated the Spanish colonial regime and then for the military dictators who jockeyed for power after independence. Argentine writers celebrated the gauchos, and gaucho literature is an important part of the Argentine cultural tradition.
Origin and Etymology of gaucho
First Known Use: 1824
GAUCHO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of gaucho for English Language Learners
: a cowboy in South America
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