va·​que·​ro | \ vä-ˈker-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce vaquero (audio) \
plural vaqueros

Definition of vaquero

: herdsman, cowboy used in reference to cowboys in areas (such as Mexico and the southwestern U.S.) where Spanish is spoken Just as they were among the most accomplished of all horsemen, vaqueros were masters of the rope which they called reata.— Martin W. SandlerOn the third day the vaqueros brought a small herd of wild three year old colts down from the mesa and penned them …— Cormac McCarthyThe study, called "Fajitas South Texas Style," leaves its readers with images of gringo cowboys and Mexican vaqueros eating tough pieces of skirt steak seared directly on the hot coals of their campfires and then wrapped in tortillas.— Mary Davis Suro

Examples of vaquero in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In search of a new hat, Tweedy wandered the leather-fragrant aisles at Alcala’s Western Wear, a vaquero haberdashery in Chicago, which has been his home since the nineties. Hannah Seidlitz, The New Yorker, 9 May 2022 The day also includes a 5K, a free wrangler breakfast and a vaquero cook-off at Market Square. Austin Taylor, San Antonio Express-News, 4 Feb. 2022 Yes, the city removed it in 2018, but only after at least 25 years of complaints from Native Americans about the depiction of one of their ancestors lying nearly naked at the feet of a Spanish vaquero and a missionary. Heather Knight,, 26 June 2020 Imagine, say, a quiche made with jalapeños, spinach, queso fresco and cilantro, or that vaquero cowboy steak, sauced with a wine reduction including huitlacoche, the truffle-like corn fungus., 5 Oct. 2019 Santa Maria barbecue traces its roots to beef cooked over open fires by Mexican cowboys, or vaqueros, who worked the local ranches in the 19th century. Julia Thompson, USA TODAY, 27 June 2019 Like the zoo, the Witte has five actors who play a range of characters, including a cowboy, a vaquero, a paleontologist and an archaeologist. Deborah Martin,, 5 July 2019 The boots were custom-made in León, Mexico, a city that is famous for its vaquero boots. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, 2 Aug. 2018 At the Santa Barbara Historical Museum, check out the gallery dedicated to Old West artist Edward Borein, whose etchings, watercolors, and drawings honor the region’s traditional vaqueros. Sunset, 22 Jan. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of vaquero

1826, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vaquero

borrowed from Spanish — more at buckaroo

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“Vaquero.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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