- 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.
- to participate or compete in a rodeo or rodeos: He's been rodeoing since he was twelve.
Origin of rodeo
Examples from the Web for rodeo
When Brooks went into his second song, an old hit called “Rodeo,” the cheers grew so loud it was hard to hear him sing.I'm Not Country or Pop. I'm Just Pure Garth Brooks.
September 10, 2014
In the movie, Matthew McConaughey plays a rodeo cowboy diagnosed with AIDS.Meet the Governor-Turned-Ganjapreneur
July 3, 2014
He resisted the lures of the buckle bunnies who linger late in a rodeo arena, looking to sidle up against the winners.
“If anything got in the way of a rodeo, like a ball game, the ball game would have to wait,” Clyde Frost said.
This was the rodeo equivalent of pulling the sword out of the stone.
This native was Rodeo, the brother of the true Pacheco, and he is here.
Rodeo stepped forward, bowing with the politeness of a Spanish don.
You've had the spring rodeo in your hands ever since I can remember.The Man Next Door
They got up at four, because they had seen signs advertising a rodeo at Magdalena.Beginners Luck
To the boys the rodeo was the most interesting time of the whole year.History of California
Helen Elliott Bandini
- 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 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).