noun, plural lat·i·gos, lat·i·goes.

a leather strap on the saddletree of a Western saddle used to tighten and secure the cinch.

Origin of latigo

1870–75, Americanism; < Spanish látigo whip, cinch strap, perhaps < Gothic *laittug; compare Old English lāttēh leading rein, equivalent to lād- lead1 + tēh, tēah tie Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for latigo

Historical Examples of latigo

  • Al laughed, looking over his shoulder at Tom while he loosened the latigo.

    Rim o' the World

    B. M. Bower

  • "Yeah—I'm a-comin'," shrilled Buddy, hastily looping the latigo.


    B. M. Bower

  • Curley, the quickest of them all, was giving frantic tugs to his latigo.


    B. M. Bower

  • "It's that latigo strap," he remarked, in a tone of some annoyance.

    The Lions of the Lord

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • She commanded Ward to draw the latigo tighter, and Ward did so, dodging back as the big brute snapped at him.