lariat

noun
lar·i·at | \ˈler-ē-ət \

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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Synonyms for lariat

Synonyms

lasso, reata, riata

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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

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Ling launched the uncoiling melody into the hall like a great lariat and brought every listener into its circle. Marcus Overton, sandiegouniontribune.com, "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 Amir’s jewelry company sells a line of lariats, each one featuring a word or phrase. Heather Schwedel, Slate Magazine, "The Jewelry Designer Who’s Already Selling #MeToo Necklaces Explains Herself," 20 Oct. 2017 Calf roper Scott Kormos from Teague, Texas, an eight-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier, helped the young cowpokes sling lariats over the horns of one of five dummy steers positioned in the arena. Joanne Davidson, The Denver Post, "Special needs kids rope, wrestle and lasso at Denver’s Exceptional Rodeo," 18 Jan. 2017

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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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lariat

noun
lar·i·at | \ˈler-ē-ət \

Kids Definition of lariat

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

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