- a long rope or line of hide or other material with a running noose at one end, used for roping horses, cattle, etc.
- to catch with or as with a lasso.
Origin of lasso
1760–70; < Spanish lazo < Latin laqueus noose, bond; see lace
- Orlando di [dee] /di/, Orlandus Lassus, 1532–94, Flemish composer.
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Examples from the Web for lasso
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Next it was for me to throw a lasso over that threshing tail.
Then I let down my rod and dove for the short rope to lasso the sweeping tail.
A cowboy whirls his lasso around and around his head before he throws it.Common Science
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A lasso whizzed through the air and settled about their shoulders.Boy Scouts Mysterious Signal
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And none of them attempted to cut your lasso from their capstan?
- a long rope or thong with a running noose at one end, used (esp in America) for roping horses, cattle, etc; lariat
- (tr) to catch with or as if with a lasso
C19: from Spanish lazo, ultimately from Latin laqueus noose
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Word Origin and History for lasso
1807 (v.); 1808 (n.), American English, from Spanish lazo, from Latin laqueum (nominative laqueus) "noose, snare" (see lace (n.)).
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