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)

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 There was a truck rodeo, and a warehouse equipment competition, where workers could show off their skills with forklifts and other equipment to their families. Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland, "Anderson-Dubose Co. throws prom-like banquet: Top Workplaces 2020 first-place winner," 28 June 2020 Now rodeo events will happen each Saturday through Aug. 29 — with some changes. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, "Fun things to do this month in Dallas-Fort Worth — online, outdoors and more," 26 June 2020 Tickets for the mid-July rodeo went on sale over Father’s Day weekend. al, "No music, no lies, just fishing: Alabama deep sea rodeo adapts to COVID-19," 23 June 2020 The other two times the rodeo wasn’t held were during World War II. oregonlive, "2020 Pendleton Round-Up can’t overcome coronavirus pandemic, canceled for first time since World War II," 19 June 2020 Now rodeo events will happen each Saturday through Aug. 29 — with some changes. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, "Fun things to do during June in Dallas-Fort Worth," 12 June 2020 The performance that clings to memory was at a now-defunct club in San Antonio about six weeks before Selena’s performance in front of a record-breaking crowd at the Houston rodeo, her last live performance. Elaine Ayala,, "Ayala: At the intersection of race and ethnicity, Selena class at UTSA will explore identity," 11 June 2020 The event was to include a parade, rodeo, art exhibit, dance competition and associated events. oregonlive, "Warm Springs powwow canceled over coronavirus concerns," 20 May 2020 These small businesses depend on tourism from travelers who come to fly fish, attend the rodeo, or visit Yellowstone, especially in the summer months. Dan Chiasson, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal," 15 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Here are 9 places where you can get your pumpkins in southeast Wisconsin this fall," 10 Sep. 2019 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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The first known use of rodeo was in 1819

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1 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Rodeo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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