Definition of rodeo in English:


Syllabification: ro·de·o
Pronunciation: /ˈrōdēˌō
, rōˈdāō

noun (plural rodeos)

1An exhibition or contest in which cowboys show their skill at riding broncos, roping calves, wrestling steers, etc.
More 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.

verb (rodeos, rodeoing, rodeoed)

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Compete in a rodeo.
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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 around', based on Latin rotare 'rotate'.

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