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 At least one of the agents at the center of the probe — the officer seen wielding a rope known as a lariat while grabbing a migrant by the collar — has not yet been contacted for an interview. Nicole Sganga, CBS News, 10 Nov. 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 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,, 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, 15 Aug. 2018 Ling launched the uncoiling melody into the hall like a great lariat and brought every listener into its circle. Marcus Overton,, 12 May 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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“Lariat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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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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