lar·​i·​at | \ ˈler-ē-ət How to pronounce lariat (audio) \

Definition of lariat

: a long light rope (as of hemp or leather) used with a running noose to catch livestock or with or without the noose to tether grazing animals : lasso

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Examples of lariat in a Sentence

the cowboy could throw a lariat around a running steer's head from 20 yards away
Recent Examples on the Web The film, knowingly set in Orwell’s infamous year, makes a point when Wonder Woman wields her lariat against a would-be overlord’s worldwide deception: Only unified truth will set us free. Washington Post, "How Patty Jenkins turned ‘Wonder Woman 1984′ into a personal Washington story," 25 Dec. 2020 His trailing leg embroiders the glide with lariat-like curlicues, but what draws a viewer’s eye, hypnotically, is the motor: the spiraling, snaking motion of those hips. Brian Seibert, New York Times, "Overlooked No More: Earl Tucker, a Dancer Known as ‘Snakehips’," 18 Dec. 2019 On December 2, Scherzinger attended The British Fashion Awards in London, hitting the red carpet in a sparkling, black Julien MacDonald gown featuring open shoulders and a lariat-like neckline. Marci Robin, Allure, "Nicole Scherzinger Cut Her Signature Super-Long Hair Into a Blunt Bob," 3 Dec. 2019 More recent talismans hung on a wall next to her desk: a looped lariat, two weathered cowboy hats, a wolf photograph. Ingfei Chen, The New Yorker, "The Persuasive Power of the Wolf Lady," 29 May 2019 The high school senior accessorized the satin design with metallic sandals, a lariat necklace, a single gold bangle bracelet and of course, a flower corsage on her wrist. Kaitlyn Frey,, "All About Kelly Ripa's Daughter Lola's Custom Prom Dress - and Her Date's Ryan Seacrest Tuxedo!," 7 June 2019 Near the book, on a velvet tray, were gold earrings and lariats and amulets that chronicled in stones and previous metal both the ancient inspiration and the modern jewelers translation of it. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Lalaounis Has Reissued Jackie Kennedy's Iconic Apollo Earrings," 15 Aug. 2018 Ling launched the uncoiling melody into the hall like a great lariat and brought every listener into its circle. Marcus Overton,, "Jahja Ling and a transformed San Diego Symphony make beautiful music together," 12 May 2018 On the south wall is a final bit of magic: a large lariat loop of VHS tape twisting randomly in the wind, floating a few inches out from the wall and suspended only by the breeze from a small electric fan. Steve Mannheimer, Indianapolis Star, "New art installation at Herron Gallery uses VHS tape to make your eyes buzz," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of lariat

1832, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lariat

American Spanish la reata the lasso, from Spanish la the + American Spanish reata lasso, from Spanish reatar to tie again, from re- + atar to tie, from Latin aptare to fit — more at adapt

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The first known use of lariat was in 1832

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9 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Lariat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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lar·​i·​at | \ ˈler-ē-ət How to pronounce lariat (audio) \

Kids Definition of lariat

: a long light rope used to catch livestock or tie up grazing animals

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