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[lar-ee-uh t] /ˈlær i ət/
a long, noosed rope used to catch horses, cattle, or other livestock; lasso.
a rope used to picket grazing animals.
Origin of lariat
1825-35; < Spanish la reata the riata Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • The man ran into the barn, returned with a lariat, and joined the fray.

    The Heart of Thunder Mountain Edfrid A. Bingham
  • Then came a snap of the lariat, and Ralph went down, with the mustang on top of him.

    For the Liberty of Texas Edward Stratemeyer
  • His sword, also an old affair, was tied to his belt with bits of a lariat.

    For the Liberty of Texas Edward Stratemeyer
  • He unfastened the tientos of his saddle which held the lariat.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • He tied to the handcuffs the end of the lariat which was attached to the saddle.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • By the time he had hold of the lariat Bart was ready to pull with Long.

    Frank Merriwell's Bravery Burt L. Standish
  • The boy began spinning the noose of the lariat above his head.

    The Pony Rider Boys in Texas

    Frank Gee Patchin
  • At last Lumpy tore off the lariat's grip and scrambled to his feet.

    The Pony Rider Boys in Texas

    Frank Gee Patchin
  • The rope, or lariat, or lasso, is a handy implement for the Scout.

    Pluck on the Long Trail

    Edwin L. Sabin
  • The boomer could use a lariat as well as Clemmer or any of the cowboys.

    The Boy Land Boomer Ralph Bonehill
British Dictionary definitions for lariat


noun (US & Canadian)
another word for lasso
a rope for tethering animals
Word Origin
C19: from Spanish la reata the lasso
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Word Origin and History for lariat

1832, American English, from Spanish la reata "the rope," from reatar "to tie against," from re- "back" + atar "to tie," from Latin aptare "to join" (see adapt).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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