[las-oh, la-soo]

noun, plural las·sos, las·soes.

a long rope or line of hide or other material with a running noose at one end, used for roping horses, cattle, etc.

verb (used with object), las·soed, las·so·ing.

to catch with or as with a lasso.

Origin of lasso

1760–70; < Spanish lazo < Latin laqueus noose, bond; see lace
Related formslas·so·er, nounun·las·soed, adjective




Orlando di [dee] /di/, Orlandus Lassus, 1532–94, Flemish composer. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for lasso

rope, snare, bola, halter

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noun plural -sos or -soes

a long rope or thong with a running noose at one end, used (esp in America) for roping horses, cattle, etc; lariat

verb -sos, -soes, -soing or -soed

(tr) to catch with or as if with a lasso
Derived Formslassoer, noun

Word Origin for lasso

C19: from Spanish lazo, ultimately from Latin laqueus noose
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Word Origin and History for lasso

1807 (v.); 1808 (n.), American English, from Spanish lazo, from Latin laqueum (nominative laqueus) "noose, snare" (see lace (n.)).

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