Definition of vaquero in English:

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Pronunciation: /väˈkerō/

noun (plural vaqueros)

(In Spanish-speaking parts of the US) a cowboy; a cattle driver.
Example sentences
  • Even so, I was surprised to find Spanish vaqueros - cowboys - in the western province of Extremadura, were still herding cattle on horseback.
  • Today's art of cowboying is the same as it was 150 years ago, when cowboys in the Spanish vaquero tradition roamed mountain ranges and low-slung plains.
  • The new Rodeo almost passes for a literal bucking bronco roundup, jam-packed with so many vaqueros that I feel naked without a Mexican-style cowboy hat of my own.


Spanish, from vaca 'cow'.

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Syllabification: va·que·ro

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