ro·​deo | \ ˈrō-dē-ˌō How to pronounce rodeo (audio) , rə-ˈdā-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce rodeo (audio) \
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

DeMar DeRozan had 24 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 22 for the Spurs, who lost the opener of their annual eight-game rodeo road trip. Josh Dubow, The Seattle Times, "Bagley’s career-high 24 points lead Kings past Spurs 127-112," 4 Feb. 2019 The Spurs’ rodeo road trip is in the rearview mirror. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "As Spurs limp into March, a different kind of stretch run," 2 Mar. 2018 LaMarcus Aldridge had 31 points for the Spurs in the final home game before embarking on their annual monthlong rodeo road trip. USA TODAY, "Rubio's season-high 34 leads Jazz by Spurs, 120-111," 3 Feb. 2018 Brady’s world of South Dakota’s American Indian cowboys might be unfamiliar to many viewers, as might his attachment to the extremely dangerous rodeo life. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Rider Is the Best Film of 2018 So Far," 11 Apr. 2018 The rodeo featured eight events such as bareback riding, cowgirl barrel racing, team and tie down roping, and bull riding. David Sharos, Aurora Beacon-News, "Fox Valley Rodeo draws families, fans who 'want to see some cowboys'," 8 July 2018 The next night, Avalos joined other firefighters directing vehicles into the gravel parking lot at Guymon’s annual rodeo. Tim Craig, Washington Post, "Answering the call," 1 June 2018 Mitt Romney This Senate race isn’t Mitt Romney’s first rodeo. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Mitt Romney, Mike Kennedy battle for Utah Senate seat: A look at the candidates," 29 May 2018 Since her appointment as Dior's first female creative director, Maria Grazia Chiuri has delved into the worlds of ballet, 1960s protests, and even rodeos for inspiration on the runway. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Dior Had Live Acrobats Perform on Its Couture Runway," 22 Jan. 2019

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 How to pronounce rodeo (audio) , rə-ˈdā-ō\
plural rodeos

Kids Definition of rodeo

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

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