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[kou-gurl] /ˈkaʊˌgɜrl/
a woman who herds and tends cattle on a ranch, especially in the western U.S., and who traditionally goes about most of her work on horseback.
a woman who exhibits the skills attributed to such cowgirls, especially in rodeos.
Origin of cowgirl
An Americanism dating back to 1880-85; cow1 + girl Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Of course, on actual work on the range there is no such thing as a cowgirl.

  • “We certainly have not got to have this cowgirl around for long,” continued Hortense.

    The Girl from Sunset Ranch Amy Bell Marlowe
  • Sometimes, Beulah, from your choice of English, I might think you a cowgirl.

    Sisters Grace May North
  • To do this, the cowgirl placed her suit-case on the seat and, standing, bent over it.

    Poor Folk in Spain Jan Gordon
  • The chrysalis of the cowgirl had burst and this butterfly had emerged.

    Frances of the Ranges Amy Bell Marlowe
  • One cowgirl says, 'That happy flute to be played on by Krishna!

  • On inquiry I learned that this was called a "cowgirl" costume.

    American Adventures Julian Street
  • But Persis was perfect to the saddle, part of the horse, as fearless and as expert in her smart gear as any cowgirl of the plains.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes

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