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[vah-kair-oh; Spanish bah-ke-raw] /vɑˈkɛər oʊ; Spanish bɑˈkɛ rɔ/
noun, plural vaqueros
[vah-kair-ohz; Spanish bah-ke-raws] /vɑˈkɛər oʊz; Spanish bɑˈkɛ rɔs/ (Show IPA).
Southwestern U.S.
a cowboy or herdsman.
Origin of vaquero
1790-1800; < Spanish, equivalent to vac(a) cow (< Latin vacca) + -ero < Latin -ārius -ary Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • 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 Forest Exiles Mayne Reid
  • The vaquero with his horse soon dragged the vicuñas to the hut.

    The Forest Exiles Mayne Reid
  • But yesterday a vaquero gave me the news that she has lately died.

    Wood Rangers Mayne Reid
  • Another interval of silence succeeded to the narrative of the vaquero.

    Wood Rangers Mayne Reid
  • The first was clothed in leather from head to foot, like the vaquero of some noble hacienda.

    Wood Rangers Mayne Reid
  • They rode in silence, with the loose seat and straight back of the vaquero.

    Brand Blotters William MacLeod Raine
  • In half-an-hour after, with the vaquero for my guide, I rode quietly out of the rancheria.

    The War Trail Mayne Reid
  • "Perhaps not, but we'll try," answered the vaquero, as we tore onward.

  • I am a vaquero, and here I reside; Show me the broncho I cannot ride.

    Cowboy Songs Various
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
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