gaucho

[ gou-choh; Spanish gou-chaw ]
/ ˈgaʊ tʃoʊ; Spanish ˈgaʊ tʃɔ /

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
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gaucho

/ (ˈɡaʊtʃəʊ) /

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

gaucho


n.

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

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