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

There will also be a rodeo, the 5K Bear Paw and the Slippery Salmon Olympics. Anchorage Daily News, "Fun things happening this week: Bear Paw Festival, Medium Build all-ages show and more," 11 July 2019 Admission includes unlimited carnival rides, all rodeos, main stage concerts, fireworks, 4-H shows, tractor pulls, the high-flying Duel Dogs competition and loads of family-friendly entertainment. Laura Daily And Bryan K. Chavez, The Know, "16 free and cheap things to do around Denver in July," 1 July 2019 The wildly popular Lakeside Rodeo, an annual affair, traces its roots to the first rodeo in town on July 5, 1920. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Lakeside: A cowboy town with a rich past as Coronado of the Hills," 30 June 2019 You might be tempted to call it a day, but on Thursday evenings the park has a free rodeo with cattle roping and bucking broncos. Kristi Valentini, Woman's Day, "These Summer Vacation Spots Are the Hidden Gems of the Midwest," 25 June 2019 Schechter-Kelly said festival proceeds go to scholarships, the Mundelein Farmers Market, an art fair, a bike rodeo and Santa’s Cottage at the village’s holiday tree lighting in December. Denys Bucksten,, "'Very friendly and supportive' craft brewing community gathers for annual Mundelein festival," 10 June 2019 Three competitors each earned a $433,333 check after clinching professional rodeo event titles at the RFD-TV’s The American on Sunday at AT&T Stadium. Brett Hoffman, star-telegram, "Three cowboys split $1 million pot at The American rodeo | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 25 Feb. 2018 Today, the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds on Channel Road is a popular destination for rodeo fans. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Lakeside: A cowboy town with a rich past as Coronado of the Hills," 30 June 2019 The 2020 presidential election is not this Texan’s first rodeo. Christi Carras,, "Who is Marianne Williamson? Five things to know about the debate’s biggest mystery," 28 June 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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The first known use of rodeo was in 1819

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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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