lariat

noun lar·i·at \ ˈler-ē-ət \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

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

Examples of lariat in a Sentence

  1. the cowboy could throw a lariat around a running steer's head from 20 yards away

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Origin and Etymology of 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

lariat Synonyms

Synonyms
lasso, reata, riata

LARIAT Defined for Kids

lariat

noun lar·i·at \ ˈler-ē-ət \

Definition of lariat for Students

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


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