las·​so | \ ˈla-(ˌ)sō How to pronounce lasso (audio) , la-ˈsü How to pronounce lasso (audio) \
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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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

Dem candidate in Kansas slammed for poster of Wonder Woman lassoing cop. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Strzok escorted from FBI building, but still on payroll; Unruly Dems heckle Trump over immigration," 20 June 2018 The loop is lassoed around the lock and then pulled tight. Andrew Northshield, Popular Mechanics, "How To Get Keys Out of a Locked Car," 19 Dec. 2018 My wife is doing her best to lasso the children for a trans-Atlantic Chat With Dad, to no avail. Jason Gay, WSJ, "My Kids Are Lousy at Video Chat, But They Love to Hang Up on Me," 20 July 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Full disclosure: Details are still sparse, but that shouldn't stop you from getting excited (or fashioning a new, bedazzled lasso for the occasion). Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Wonder Woman Sequel: Here’s Everything We Know So Far," 1 May 2019 Part of his role was to use his lasso skills to capture wild animals in Africa. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Stan Brock, a British Cowboy, Gave Up Lasso to Lead a Health-Care Charity," 14 Sep. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce lasso (audio) , 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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