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[roh-dee-oh, roh-dey-oh] /ˈroʊ diˌoʊ, roʊˈdeɪ oʊ/
noun, plural rodeos.
a public exhibition of cowboy skills, as bronco riding and calf roping.
a roundup of cattle.
Informal. any contest offering prizes in various events:
a bicycle rodeo for kids under twelve.
(initial capital letter, italics) a ballet (1942) choreographed by Agnes de Mille, with musical score by Aaron Copland.
verb (used without object), rodeoed, rodeoing.
to participate or compete in a rodeo or rodeos:
He's been rodeoing since he was twelve.
Origin of rodeo
1825-35; < Spanish: cattle ring, derivative of rodear to go round, itself derivative of rueda wheel < Latin rota
Related forms
rodeoer, noun Unabridged
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  • This native was rodeo, the brother of the true Pacheco, and he is here.

    Frank Merriwell Down South Burt L. Standish
  • rodeo stepped forward, bowing with the politeness of a Spanish don.

    Frank Merriwell Down South Burt L. Standish
  • You've had the spring rodeo in your hands ever since I can remember.

    The Man Next Door

    Emerson Hough
  • They got up at four, because they had seen signs advertising a rodeo at Magdalena.

    Beginners Luck Emily Hahn
  • To the boys the rodeo was the most interesting time of the whole year.

    History of California Helen Elliott Bandini
British Dictionary definitions for rodeo


noun (mainly US & Canadian) (pl) -os
a display of the skills of cowboys, including bareback riding, steer wrangling, etc
the rounding up of cattle for branding, counting, inspection, etc
an enclosure for cattle that have been rounded up
Word Origin
C19: from Spanish, from rodear to go around, from rueda a wheel, from Latin rota
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for rodeo

1914 as public entertainment show of horse-riding skill, from earlier meaning "cattle round-up" (1834), from Spanish rodeo, "pen for cattle at a fair or market," literally "a going round," from rodear "go round, surround," related to rodare "revolve, roll," from Latin rotare "go around" (see rotary).

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