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 The entire calendar will be revealed by some time in November, said Chris Derby, chief marketing officer for the rodeo. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, 4 Aug. 2022 The cowboy church service at Cheyenne Frontier Days, an iconic Wyoming rodeo, offers an hour of grace before the games begin. Sarah Matusek, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 July 2022 Born in New York City on February 21, 1933, Rafelson rebelled as a teenager, running away to join the rodeo in Arizona and joining a jazz band in Acapulco. Lester Fabian Brathwaite,, 24 July 2022 Three weeks before the most significant election of her political career, Liz Cheney was nowhere to be seen as thousands of voters gathered for a massive midsummer rodeo and cowboy festival in Wyoming’s largest city. Mead Gruver,, 22 July 2022 Dust off your hat and shine up your boots for a yee-to-the-haw-filled night featuring a rowdy rodeo, two-steppin’ dancehall experience, and more. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 21 July 2022 The couple worked with Chabeli Sanchez of PS Plans to organize the wedding weekend, which began with a pool party and rodeo on Friday night. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 19 July 2022 That was enough to get her in the rodeo prize drawing. al, 18 July 2022 Events include demolition derby, tractor pull, rodeo, rides, competitions and pageants. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 18 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb After Jimmy breaks his promise to John (Kevin Costner) to not rodeo ever again, he's sent over to the Sixes to become a real cowboy. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 21 Feb. 2022 After Jimmy broke his promise to John (Kevin Costner) — to not rodeo ever again — the ranch hand eventually returned to Yellowstone. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 18 Jan. 2022 The fee includes a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch, corn mazes, giant slides, tube slides, peddle carts, rat racers, a play area, duck races rodeo ropes course, corn crib caverns and more. Adriana Ramirez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Sep. 2019 His father, who rodeoed around Wisconsin in his spare time, raised cattle for dairy farms. Roy Bragg, San Antonio Express-News, 11 Feb. 2018 See More

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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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7 Aug 2022

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“Rodeo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for rodeo


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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