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gaucho

[gou-choh; Spanish gou-chaw] /ˈgaʊ tʃoʊ; Spanish ˈgaʊ tʃɔ/
noun, plural gauchos
[gou-chohz; Spanish gou-chaws] /ˈgaʊ tʃoʊz; Spanish ˈgaʊ tʃɔs/ (Show IPA)
1.
a native cowboy of the South American pampas, usually of mixed Spanish and Indian ancestry.
2.
gauchos, Also called gaucho pants. wide, calf-length trousers for men or women modeled after the trousers worn by South American gauchos.
Origin of gaucho
1815-1825
1815-25; < American Spanish < Arawak cachu comrade
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Examples from the Web for gaucho
Historical Examples
  • A mounted gaucho rides on either side of him, to keep him straight.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • The emphasis on the “him” points to some one not yet mentioned, but whom the gaucho has in his mind.

    Gaspar the Gaucho Mayne Reid
  • Saying this, the gaucho relapses into silence, the others also ceasing to converse.

    Gaspar the Gaucho Mayne Reid
  • And communicating this to the gaucho, he holds their horses while they return to search for them.

    Gaspar the Gaucho Mayne Reid
  • Notwithstanding all this, Gaspar the gaucho is not to be baulked in his design.

    Gaspar the Gaucho Mayne Reid
  • The gaucho has no thought of so appealing, any more than either of the others.

    Gaspar the Gaucho Mayne Reid
  • But again the gaucho, no: greatly given to sentiment, objects.

    Gaspar the Gaucho Mayne Reid
  • In the midst of this elemental war the party reached the gaucho huts.

    The Rover of the Andes R.M. Ballantyne
  • The gaucho chief—if we may so style him—presented his musket and pulled the trigger.

    The Rover of the Andes R.M. Ballantyne
  • If aunt desired to feast her eyes on the gaucho malo she had now a chance.

British Dictionary definitions for gaucho

gaucho

/ˈɡaʊtʃəʊ/
noun (pl) -chos
1.
a cowboy of the South American pampas, usually one of mixed Spanish and Indian descent
Word Origin
C19: from American Spanish, probably from Quechuan wáhcha orphan, vagabond
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Word Origin and History for gaucho
n.

1824, from Spanish, probably from a native South American language, cf. Araucanian cauchu "wanderer."

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