[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.

Origin of gaucho

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

Examples from the Web for gaucho

Historical Examples of gaucho

  • A mounted Gaucho rides on either side of him, to keep him straight.

    The Western World

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • The emphasis on the “him” points to some one not yet mentioned, but whom the gaucho has in his mind.

  • Saying this, the gaucho relapses into silence, the others also ceasing to converse.

  • The gaucho has no thought of so appealing, any more than either of the others.

  • And communicating this to the gaucho, he holds their horses while they return to search for them.

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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