[vah-kair-oh; Spanish bah-ke-raw]
- a cowboy or herdsman.
Origin of vaquero
1790–1800; < Spanish, equivalent to vac(a) cow (< Latin vacca) + -ero < Latin -ārius -ary
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Examples from the Web for vaquero
While the vaquero was talking the invaders came into view, riding fast.When the West Was Young
Frederick R. Bechdolt
The vaquero, therefore, did all in his power to make his guests comfortable for the night.
The vaquero with his horse soon dragged the vicuñas to the hut.
But yesterday a vaquero gave me the news that she has lately died.
Another interval of silence succeeded to the narrative of the vaquero.
Word Origin and History for vaquero
1826, from Spanish, literally "cowboy," from vaca "cow," from Latin vacca (see vaccination).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper