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

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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Word History


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

First Known Use

1832, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lariat was in 1832

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Cite this Entry

“Lariat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


lar·​i·​at ˈlar-ē-ət How to pronounce lariat (audio)
: a rope with a noose used to catch livestock or to tie up grazing animals : lasso

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