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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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  • Then, my duty done, I watched two fellows throw the lariat, and shoot the fly specks off Coonskin's hat in midair.

    On a Donkey's Hurricane Deck R. Pitcher Woodward
  • "Uncle Cliff says he is 'greased lightning' with a lariat," said Blue Bonnet.

  • Thurstane took the lariat, inspected the breakage carefully, and scowled with helpless rage.

    Overland John William De Forest
  • Alec gave a twitch—not too hard—to the lariat, and the thing was done.

  • Fortunately, Rasco was in the habit of carrying, in cowboy fashion, a lariat suspended from his belt.

    The Boy Land Boomer Ralph Bonehill
  • To look at him, one would swear that he had never seen a pistol or a lariat.

    Just Patty Jean Webster
  • I've heard some say there's more than the gold medal and a horse up on this lariat game.

    The Gringos B. M. Bower
  • The man ran into the barn, returned with a lariat, and joined the fray.

    The Heart of Thunder Mountain Edfrid A. Bingham
  • We may believe that Mark learned to be "glum" when he saw the lariat approaching with his sheaf of rhymes.

  • 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


noun (US & Canadian)
another word for lasso
a rope for tethering animals
Word Origin
C19: from Spanish la reata the lasso
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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