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[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)
a native cowboy of the South American pampas, usually of mixed Spanish and Indian ancestry.
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
1815-25; < American Spanish < Arawak cachu comrade Unabridged
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  • Another mounted gaucho is near by to "ride off," which he does by galloping between the colt and any dangerous ground or object.

    Through the Heart of Patagonia H. Hesketh Prichard
  • A mounted gaucho rides on either side of him, to keep him straight.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • Pressing his head between his hands, the gaucho stands considering, while the other three in silence await the result.

    Gaspar the Gaucho Mayne Reid
  • 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
  • Next to an intrigue, the gaucho loves to gamble with cards and play billiards.

  • Saying this, the gaucho relapses into silence, the others also ceasing to converse.

    Gaspar the Gaucho Mayne Reid
  • I, who for so long a time had aspired to the adventurous life of the gaucho and of the trapper?

    The Guide of the Desert Gustave Aimard
  • Notwithstanding all this, Gaspar the gaucho is not to be baulked in his design.

    Gaspar the Gaucho Mayne Reid
  • In the course of the day I was amused by the dexterity with which a gaucho forced a restive horse to swim a river.

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

    Gaspar the Gaucho Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for gaucho


noun (pl) -chos
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for gaucho

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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