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lariat

[lar-ee-uh t]
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noun
  1. a long, noosed rope used to catch horses, cattle, or other livestock; lasso.
  2. a rope used to picket grazing animals.

Origin of lariat

1825–35; < Spanish la reata the riata
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Examples from the Web for lariat

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


British Dictionary definitions for lariat

lariat

noun US and Canadian
  1. another word for lasso
  2. a rope for tethering animals

Word Origin

C19: from Spanish la reata the lasso
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Word Origin and History for lariat

n.

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).

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