rodeo

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noun

plural rodeos
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2
a
: a public performance featuring bronco riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, and Brahma bull riding
b
: a contest resembling a rodeo

rodeo

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verb

rodeoed; rodeoing; rodeos

intransitive verb

: to participate in a rodeo

Examples of rodeo in a Sentence

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Noun
In his more than two decades of writing about the world of sports, he’s chronicled everything from high school rodeo to a major league baseball no-hitter to the Super Bowl to the Finals. Roderick Boone, Charlotte Observer, 9 July 2024 Meanwhile, in Fort Worth — approximately 45 minutes from Dallas by car — a visit to the Stockyards feels like a step back in time to the Wild West with cattle drives and rodeos. Lauren Dana Ellman, Travel + Leisure, 8 July 2024
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 See all Example Sentences for rodeo 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Spanish, from rodear to surround, from rueda wheel, from Latin rota — more at roll

First Known Use

Noun

1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1951, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rodeo was in 1819

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Cite this Entry

“Rodeo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rodeo. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

rodeo

noun
ro·​deo
ˈrōd-ē-ˌō,
rə-ˈdā-ō
plural rodeos
1
: a roundup of cattle
2
: an exhibition featuring cowboy skills (as riding and roping)
Etymology

Noun

from Spanish rodear "to surround," from rueda "a wheel," from Latin rota (same meaning)

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