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

Other Words from lasso


lassoer noun

Synonyms for lasso

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of lasso in a Sentence

Verb The cowboy lassoed the horse. Noun the cowpuncher skillfully tossed the lasso around the calf's neck
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That affected the bottom line, too, as shows that garnered outstanding reviews had little chance to lasso the media’s, and therefore the public’s, attention. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 9 June 2022 Wonder Woman, for instance, can lasso away a teammate who’s in trouble. Kris Holt, Forbes, 19 May 2022 The Fed is moving — possibly too late — to lasso runaway prices by signaling its intent to raise interest rates at least three times this year. Alain Sherter, CBS News, 21 Jan. 2022 The rider attempts to lasso the calf the instant it is released from the chute, so a winning time may be under two seconds. New York Times, 2 Jan. 2022 The mandate was to lasso viewers and herd them to Paramount+, where the shows will complete their runs. John Jurgensen, WSJ, 2 Jan. 2022 The charro shows his ability to lasso and stop him., 10 Dec. 2021 Does Jackson heap abuse on Usher to lasso our compassion? Washington Post, 6 Dec. 2021 The officers were eventually able to distract the pig long enough to lasso it with a leash and place it in the back of a squad car. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, 19 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Gravel cyclists can ramp up the revolutions on this nontechnical lasso from Crested Butte to Jacks Cabin Cutoff, alongside Taylor River, and into Almont. Outside Online, 1 June 2021 In Old Town Scottsdale, the iconic sign of a cowboy with a lasso welcomes visitors. Neetish Basnet, The Arizona Republic, 4 Apr. 2022 The device, which discharges two lasso-like tethers to temporarily wrap up a person’s arms or legs, is expected to be a less harmful restraining device than a Taser. Washington Post, 24 Sep. 2021 Breakaway roping — in which riders throw a breakaway lasso around a calf released from a chute — and barrel racing are the only individual events open to them. New York Times, 2 Jan. 2022 The actress spent the weekend celebrating the anniversary of Wonder Woman 1984's Dec. 25, 2020 release with social media posts that included behind-the-scenes photos and videos, including one in which Diana's lasso of truth smacks Gadot in the head. Derek Lawrence,, 27 Dec. 2021 The group also partake in Southern-themed activities including line dancing, throwing a lasso and tossing bails of hay. Dory Jackson,, 18 Nov. 2021 But in reality, the chatter might more accurately be framed as a loop, with the far ends bending back on themselves like a lasso. Philip Elliott, Time, 4 Nov. 2021 On a map, the route between towns forms a lasso with Callicoon and Narrowsburg holding the figurative end of the rope. Lauren Mowery, Forbes, 30 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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14 Jun 2022

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“Lasso.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for lasso


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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