[gou-choh; Spanish gou-chaw]

noun, plural gau·chos [gou-chohz; Spanish gou-chaws] /ˈgaʊ tʃoʊz; Spanish ˈgaʊ tʃɔs/.

a native cowboy of the South American pampas, usually of mixed Spanish and Indian ancestry.
gauchos. Also called gaucho pants. wide, calf-length trousers for men or women modeled after the trousers worn by South American gauchos.

Nearby words

  1. gau,
  2. gauche,
  3. gaucher's cell,
  4. gaucher's disease,
  5. gaucherie,
  6. gaud,
  7. gaudeamus igitur,
  8. gaudery,
  9. gaudier-brzeska,
  10. gaudily

Origin of gaucho

1815–25; < American Spanish < Arawak cachu comrade Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gaucho


noun plural -chos

a cowboy of the South American pampas, usually one of mixed Spanish and Indian descent

Word Origin for gaucho

C19: from American Spanish, probably from Quechuan wáhcha orphan, vagabond

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Word Origin and History for gaucho



1824, from Spanish, probably from a native South American language, cf. Araucanian cauchu "wanderer."

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