gau·​cho | \ ˈgau̇-(ˌ)chō How to pronounce gaucho (audio) \
plural gauchos

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.

Examples of gaucho in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Eagan put Collette predominantly in the high-end Australian brand Zimmermann, which makes flowy floral maxidresses and aquamarine gauchos and fluttery, ethereal blouses. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "The Curious Case of Chris Evans’s Sweater," 18 Dec. 2019 In the financial district, in a building designed by Sir David Adjaye, the kitchen islands will be made from two rough slabs of stone, one cantilevered over the other — the only things missing are hunks of meat and some Argentine gauchos. New York Times, "Cook Like a Scullery Maid on ‘Downton Abbey’," 5 Nov. 2019 In his response, Macri invoked an elderly gaucho who recently appeared in a viral video, expressing his worries about Argentina’s current juncture. Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker, "Argentina Considers a Return to Peronism," 28 Aug. 2019 The gaucho recalled a childhood episode, when a neighbor asked for his help to get several foals across a wide and choppy stream. Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker, "Argentina Considers a Return to Peronism," 28 Aug. 2019 If those gauchos haven’t got the baby-back pork ribs, request them. Beth Segal,, "Cello’s Grill: Carnivorous pleasures abound at this Cleveland Brazilian-style steakhouse," 1 Aug. 2019 Here, 17 types of meat are roasted on a grill imported from Brazil and served by waiters in gaucho-style attire. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "Brazilian steakhouse Galpão Gaucho now carving in Walnut Creek," 17 July 2019 The system has its origins in tradition of the gaucho, the region’s equivalent to the cowboy. Katy Mclaughlin, WSJ, "The Home Grills That Make Every Meal a Commitment," 25 Sep. 2018 Las Cabrera This independent leather purse and accessory brand started by three sisters may take its inspiration from gaucho culture and the countryside, but the products themselves are highly refined. Allie Lazar, Condé Nast Traveler, "9 Best Shops in Buenos Aires," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of gaucho

1824, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gaucho

American Spanish

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29 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Gaucho.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of gaucho

: a cowboy in South America

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