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 Strait and McBryde's performance is a concert-only event, and there will be no rodeo performance scheduled ahead of the event. Shelby Stewart, Chron, 17 June 2021 The tour is a massive production with more than 40 musicians on stage, combining music with bullfighting and rodeo events and equestrian acrobatic performances. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 24 May 2021 North Highway 188, in Globe and at the Apache Junction rodeo grounds, the Sheriff's Office said. Chelsea Curtis, The Arizona Republic, 6 June 2021 Fashion Nova collection; elaborate clown makeup perfect for the nighttime rodeo. Devon Ivie, Vulture, 4 June 2021 Current plans include fireworks after all evening performances, vendors, food concessions and a large 21-and-older venue that will livestream rodeo performances. oregonlive, 1 June 2021 And this isn’t the first rodeo for the people behind PicoMax; this product is an upgrade to the original Pico, an indoor planter that started on Kickstarter a year ago and has been successfully selling at retail for months. Dave Johnson, Forbes, 28 May 2021 His character, Dodge Mason, is a Stetson-wearing rodeo dude who breaks untamed horses, then soulfully gazes into their eyes. New York Times, 27 May 2021 In 2014, McConaughey won the Oscar for Best Actor at the Academy Awards for his performance as electrician and rodeo cowboy Ron Woodroof in the award-winning drama Dallas Buyers Club. Salina Tsegai,, 26 May 2021 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, 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

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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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“Rodeo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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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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