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

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 As Cody and his kids work to dominate the top rankings in the rodeo finals and Bill struggles to maintain the ranch, the story generates genuine suspense. Michael Berry, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘The Last Cowboys: A Pioneer Family in the New West,’ by John Branch," 17 May 2018 Mother Christy Gryder brought her sons Drake, 4, and Luke, 3, to the rodeo in an effort to teach them about how to ride safely in their home neighborhood. Patricia Dillon, Houston Chronicle, "Children get safety tips during Kids Bike Rodeo in The Woodlands," 5 May 2018 Guerrero has been active with various equine clubs and organizations, sponsors local rodeo events and additionally serving her community with the San Diego County Parks VolunteerPpatrol and Back Country Horsemen Association. Ramona Sentinel, "Patti Guerrero is Top Producing Sales Associate," 1 Apr. 2018 This was a good-old boy, comes to a rodeo, wears a white hat. Fox News, "Has China been duping the US for nearly half a century?," 13 Aug. 2018 Other events include Open Museum Day on Saturday, June 9; various hikes; a bike rodeo; a Flag Day ceremony and more. Courant Community, "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 5 June 2018 As Borat, Cohen infamously butchered the national anthem at a rodeo in Salem, Virginia. Bethonie Butler,, "Here's how Sacha Baron Cohen fools celebrities into embarrassing interviews, starting with 'Da Ali G Show'," 13 July 2018 This is not her last time, won't be her last time -- GUTFELD: Her first rodeo. Fox News, "Maxine Waters renews calls to impeach President Trump," 11 Sep. 2018

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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