[ lar-ee-uh t ]
/ ˈlær i ət /


a long, noosed rope used to catch horses, cattle, or other livestock; lasso.
a rope used to picket grazing animals.

Origin of lariat

1825–35; < Spanish la reata the riata Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lariat


/ (ˈlærɪət) /

noun US and Canadian

another word for lasso
a rope for tethering animals

Word Origin for lariat

C19: from Spanish la reata the lasso
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for lariat



1832, American English, from Spanish la reata "the rope," from reatar "to tie against," from re- "back" + atar "to tie," from Latin aptare "to join" (see adapt).

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