Definition of rodeo in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈrəʊdɪəʊ
, rə(ʊ)ˈdeɪəʊ

noun (plural rodeos)

  • 1An exhibition or contest in which cowboys show their skill at riding broncos, roping calves, wrestling steers, etc.: [as modifier]: a rodeo rider [mass noun]: calf-ropers are the whizz-kids of rodeo
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    • Cade was moving towards the squeeze chute that restrained the cow while the injection was given, the same contraption Erin had seen rodeos use when cowboys mounted the steers.
    • Set against the sweeping vistas of Wyoming and Texas, it is the story of a range-hand and a rodeo cowboy who meet in the summer of 1963 and unexpectedly forge a lifelong connection.
    • May, who lives in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, has for years conducted an illicit affair with a rodeo cowboy named Eddie.
  • 1.1An exhibition or contest demonstrating other skills, such as motorcycle riding or canoeing: white-water rodeos usually last two or three days
  • 2A round-up of cattle on a ranch for branding, counting, etc..
  • 2.1An enclosure on a ranch in which cattle are rounded up for branding, counting, etc..

verb (rodeos, rodeoing, rodeoed)

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  • Compete in a rodeo: I either rodeoed, or went hunting or fishing
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    • He spent his youth rodeoing, riding saddle and bareback broncs.
    • The vintage black and white photographs tell the tales of the days when rough stock, rodeoing and breeding great horses ruled the way of life.
    • I have great memories from those days, just singing all night long and rodeoing during the day and I like the rodeo group.


mid 19th century: from Spanish, from rodear 'go round', based on Latin rotare 'rotate'.

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