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Syllabification: las·so
Pronunciation: /ˈlasō
, laˈso͞o

Definition of lasso in English:

noun (plural lassos or lassoes)

A rope with a noose at one end, used especially in North America for catching cattle or horses.
Example sentences
  • She draws a long whip gently across their backs and legs to get them used to ropes and lassos as their forebears would have been.
  • Horse brushes were scattered on the floor and ropes and lassos hung from the walls.
  • A few moments later, the drums rumbling as we began the march back to the theatre, a gang of cowboys appeared and began roping our walking gents with their lassos.

verb (lassoes, lassoing, lassoed)

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Catch (an animal) with a lasso: at last his father lassoed the horse
More example sentences
  • School geography books talked of the Pampas, horses were on every page and cattle were lassoed before being killed for the Argentinian staple diet.
  • The Kazakh who had guided us from Jiadengyu to Hemu the day before lassoed his horses and wandered through the village, hoping to strike a deal with tourists looking for a horse ride back to Jiadengyu.
  • A painting in the first category, The Bronc Rider Started Early, shows a cowboy in a corral lassoing a horse.


mid 18th century: representing a Spanish American pronunciation of Spanish lazo, based on Latin laqueus 'noose'. Compare with lace.




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