Definition of rodeo in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrōdēˌō/
Pronunciation: /rōˈdāō/

noun (plural rodeos)

1An exhibition or contest in which cowboys show their skill at riding broncos, roping calves, wrestling steers, etc.
Example sentences
  • 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 skills such as motorcycle riding or canoeing.
2A roundup of cattle on a ranch for branding, counting, etc.
2.1An enclosure for a roundup of cattle.
3 (also rodeo flip) (In snowboarding and surfing) an aerial maneuver combining a forward or backward flip with a rotation: her backside rodeo landed her on her back
More example sentences
  • This opened the door for Boyd Easley who pipped Jon Olsson to the post in the finals with a difficult trick: switch rodeo 720 mute grab.
  • Land more rodeo flips.
  • You did the Frontside 540 Rodeo Flip, in '88.

verb (rodeos, rodeoing, rodeoed)

[no object]
Compete in a rodeo.
Example sentences
  • 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.


not be someone's first rodeo (or not be someone's first time at the rodeo)

North American Used to indicate that someone is not naive or inexperienced: I’m a professional. This ain’t my first time at the rodeo
More example sentences
  • I'm ready for the race. This isn't my first rodeo.
  • Well, you know, this is my 13th year in the mayor's office and this is not our first rodeo.
  • Strauses Colin and Greg are taking up directing duties here, and while this isn't their first rodeo, it's damn sure their biggest.


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

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Syllabification: ro·de·o

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