las·​so | \ˈla-(ˌ)sō, la-ˈsü \
lassoed; lassoing; lassos

Definition of lasso 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to capture with or as if with a lasso : rope


plural lassos or lassoes

Definition of lasso (Entry 2 of 2)

: a rope or long thong of leather with a noose used especially for catching horses and cattle : lariat

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Other Words from lasso


lassoer noun

Synonyms for lasso

Synonyms: Noun

lariat, reata, riata

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Examples of lasso in a Sentence


The cowboy lassoed the horse.


the cowpuncher skillfully tossed the lasso around the calf's neck

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But each arrived as an insurgent, skillfully lassoing populist fervor to topple establishment politicians. Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, "How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Other Progressives are Defining the Midterms," 15 Oct. 2018 That video was nonetheless followed with another clip where Shirrako lassos the feminist and drags her to an alligator, which then eats her. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "YouTube reverses ban for streamer who killed Red Dead 2 feminist," 8 Nov. 2018 Richard Barnes Glimpsed from the edge of the path to the Twombly Gallery, that corner lassos your attention, pulling you south across the yard to the first of the building’s three courtyards. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "A museum grows in Houston," 1 Nov. 2018 To cope, the singer escapes to her fantasies of lassoing her bosses and telling off her other self-serving office mates at the coolest country disco this side of Urban Cowboy. Alessandra Rincón, Billboard, "Kacey Musgraves Leaves it All on the Dancefloor in Sassy Disco Country 'High Horse' Video: Watch," 12 July 2018 Despite losing its top three scorers from last season, Hurley lassoed a recruiting class that one prominent evaluation service ranks 11th nationally. Doug Haller, azcentral, "ASU basketball's Bobby Hurley finds a home in the Arizona desert," 9 July 2018 Miles Davis just knew how to lasso his bandanna ever so artfully around his neck. Mark Anthony Green, GQ, "The Secret to Cooler Luggage," 2 July 2018 This feud continues until the hand, returning in a black glove, gets tough with artist, punching him and dropping strings to lasso his head and arms. J.r. Jones, Chicago Reader, "Animator Jiří Trnka created magical worlds amid stifling communist censorship," 31 May 2018 Coming off the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2014, coach Bobby Hurley has lassoed the country's No. Doug Haller, azcentral, "Q&A: Bobby Hurley on ASU basketball's recent recruiting success," 9 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The lone cowboy taming the land with lasso and fortitude may fit the myth of the West, but the reality was quite different. Johnforristerross, Longreads, "Taming the Great American Desert," 2 July 2018 Sheriff Woody, standing nearly 20 feet tall, welcomes all to Toy Story Land by jauntily leaning on a tall assemblage of colorful wooden blocks, tipping his wide-brimmed hat to guests while holding onto his trusty lasso. Shelley Caran, ajc, "Everything you need to know about Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios," 29 June 2018 Ehrenreich, so much fun as the loopy lasso-swinger in Hail, Caesar!, plays Han with a (literal) wink and a softy touch. Brian Raftery, WIRED, "Solo May Be Inessential, But It's Also Utterly Delightful," 23 May 2018 The tangy notes of the sour beer lasso in the Aperol’s sweetness and the two juices echo that dynamic, with the lemon tempering the pineapple. Liza Weisstuch,, "Explorateur’s Shpritz ties it all together," 7 Mar. 2018 The two actresses are part of the DC superhero universe with Robbie playing Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad and Gadot taking on the role of the lasso-bearing Diana Prince. Ale Russian,, "Margot Robbie on Her Budding Friendship with Gal Gadot: 'I [Always] Want to Give Her a Big Hug'," 8 Dec. 2017 One of the officers then roped her in with a lasso and walked her off the highway. Mallorie Sullivan,, "Code Moo: Cow escapes Philadelphia nativity scene twice in one morning," 14 Dec. 2017 Here are some of our favorites, including—no kidding—a magic lasso. National Geographic, "Virgin Birth, Double Uteri, and Other Wondrous Female Abilities," 12 Aug. 2017 Wonder Woman’s lasso, which forces people to tell the truth, was a version of the lie-detector test Marston helped invent. Washington Post, "In year of Wonder Woman, the remarkable tale of her creation," 19 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of lasso


1807, in the meaning defined above


1808, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lasso


Spanish lazo, from Latin laqueus snare

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English Language Learners Definition of lasso

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to catch (an animal) with a lasso



English Language Learners Definition of lasso (Entry 2 of 2)

: a rope with a loop that is used for catching animals (such as cattle or horses)


las·​so | \ˈla-sō, la-ˈsü\
lassoed; lassoing

Kids Definition of lasso

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to catch with a rope having a slipknot Cowboys lassoed a calf.


plural lassos or lassoes

Kids Definition of lasso (Entry 2 of 2)

: a rope with a slipknot that is used for catching animals

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