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.

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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 But we were still destined for a big meal, and with just a turn the ticket on our table, the gauchos began to circle and then descend. Anna Caplan, star-telegram, "The pizza version of a churrascaria exists — so wear your stretchy pants," 11 July 2018 Martín Tata is a true gaucho who masters the skill of horse taming without aggression, in the Indian way. Maita Barrenechea, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to South America," 5 Oct. 2016 Caregnato says his restaurant, open just four months, is the first-such gaucho-style pizzeria outside of Brazil. Anna Caplan, star-telegram, "The pizza version of a churrascaria exists — so wear your stretchy pants," 11 July 2018 For the ideal day-trip, drive inland through gaucho country to the former staging post of Garzón. Christopher Bagley, Condé Nast Traveler, "Alan Faena Creates La Vie Bohème in José Ignacio, Uruguay," 18 June 2018 Back in Lori Clark’s day, women wore skirts or gauchos. Sarah Smith, star-telegram, "Fundamentalist Baptist pastor arrested on charges he failed to report child abuse | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 3 Apr. 2018 Garance was dressed casually but elegantly, sporting gauchos, a denim jacket, grey scarf and bedazzled heels—a gift from Schuman. Kristen Bateman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Garance Doré x The Sartorialist: Highlights of The FIAF Talk," 21 Mar. 2014

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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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English Language Learners Definition of gaucho

: a cowboy in South America

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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