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

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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, "Cooking over open flame: These are some of our favorite restaurants that use fire," 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,, "San Antonio Zoo using actors to educate visitors about its animals," 5 July 2019 The boots were custom-made in León, Mexico, a city that is famous for its vaquero boots. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "The Bride Wore Luar and Celebrated Indigenous Traditions at This Wedding in Mexico," 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, "Santa Barbara Guidebook: What to See & Do Now," 22 Jan. 2018 To drive huge herds of cattle to the markets, the Florida cattlemen used whips (an ancient tradition acquired from the vaqueros of Spain). Vincent Crampton,, "Explore Florida's Hardee County: Where Cracker history finds a home," 6 May 2018 In the 1880s, at the urging of Mark Twain and to the delight of Europeans, Cody transported hundreds of workers, cowboys, vaqueros, 90 American Indians, buffalo, horses, Annie Oakley and the Deadwood Stage to England, Germany and other countries. Sandra Dallas, The Denver Post, "Regional books: “Lakota Performers in Europe”," 15 June 2017 Two Vaqueros freshmen were honored with first-team honors: shortstop Mabel Calderon and first baseman/third baseman Madison Stillwell. Staff Reports, Glendale News-Press, "Sports Briefs: Former St. Francis High standout dominates on mound," 30 May 2017

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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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