ro·deo | \ˈrō-dē-ˌō, rə-ˈdā-(ˌ)ō \
plural rodeos

Definition of rodeo 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : roundup

2a : a public performance featuring bronco riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, and Brahma bull riding

b : a contest resembling a rodeo


rodeoed; rodeoing; rodeos

Definition of rodeo (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to participate in a rodeo

Examples of rodeo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Jandreau was actually thrown from a horse which then stomped on his head during a rodeo in 2016. Washington Post, "Film Review: A spiritual Western in Chloe Zhao’s ‘The Rider’," 9 Apr. 2018 Branch captures the life of a modern rodeo star, from the crushing travel to the baby powder, an essential product given all that leather and sweat. Craig Fehrman, Outside Online, "Star Journalists Explore Rural America," 12 June 2018 You're guaranteed to find something new and maybe a bit odd, like a prison rodeo or a festival devoted to a piece of Sputnik that landed in Wisconsin. Daria Uhlig, USA TODAY, "The most underrated tourist stops in every state," 18 May 2018 The rodeo stars range from black cowboy Myrtis Dightman, who was ranked the world’s top bull rider in 1967, to Maggie Parker, the first woman to win Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association cash while competing against men. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Higher Ed Needs More Cowboys," 12 July 2018 February San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo: The rodeo traditionally presents a strong mix of new and classic country, rock, Christian and regional Mexican acts. Jim Kiest, San Antonio Express-News, "Concerts coming in 2018-2019 to San Antonio," 4 June 2018 The rodeo and Frontier Days have been part of the city's Independence Day weekend tradition since 1888. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Fourth of July in Arizona: Where you can go and where you can't," 27 June 2018 Each spring, Sandia National Laboratories hosts a robot rodeo in the desert in New Mexico. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Bomb Squads Practice Their Skills at This Robot Rodeo," 23 June 2018 The jockeys, meanwhile, work while riding 1,200-pound animals at 30 miles an hour, multiple times every day, in a chaotic rodeo of horseflesh, where one bad step or one poor decision can kill people. Tim Layden,, "Trainer Bob Baffert, Justify Jockey Mike Smith Relish a Remarkable Ride Before Belmont Stakes," 6 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

His father, who rodeoed around Wisconsin in his spare time, raised cattle for dairy farms. Roy Bragg, San Antonio Express-News, "The non-Texan professional cowboy is a thing," 11 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of rodeo


1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1951, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rodeo


Spanish, from rodear to surround, from rueda wheel, from Latin rota — more at roll

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English Language Learners Definition of rodeo

: an event in which people compete at riding horses and bulls, catching animals with ropes, etc.


ro·deo | \ˈrō-dē-ˌō, rə-ˈdā-ō\
plural rodeos

Kids Definition of rodeo

: an exhibition that features cowboy skills (as riding and roping)

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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