- a small town, especially one in a cattle-raising district in the western U.S. or Canada.
- a town or city, especially in the western U.S. or Canada, from which cattle are shipped to market.
Origin of cow town
First recorded in 1880–85
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Examples from the Web for cow town
Bear Cat was a cow-town, still in its frankest, most exuberant youth.The Fighting Edge
William MacLeod Raine
Willets was a cow-town, and for the winter its activity was over.The Trail Horde
Charles Alden Seltzer
But mentionin' color, the thought of that little affair do make my face as red as a cow-town on pay-day.Yellowstone Nights
To suddenly stop off at a cow-town station, without baggage or definite itinerary, was unconventional, to say the least.Partners of Chance
Henry Herbert Knibbs
A couple of rude groceries completed the necessary equipment of a "cow-town."The Eagle's Heart