- a lariat.
Origin of riata
1840–50, Americanism; < Spanish reata, derivative of reatar to tie again, equivalent to re- re- + atar < Latin aptāre to fit
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Examples from the Web for riata
The Mexicans have a terrible and barbarous weapon—the riata!Mexico
Charles Reginald Enock
"I would not that you should hold the riata," said Consuelo petulantly.
One of them had a riata snatched from a saddle-pommel, and with this they tried to bind him.The Octopus
He would have taken the riata which she was still holding, but she motioned him to precede her.From Sand Hill to Pine
His hunting-knife had sheared at a stroke the riata round the engineer's neck.A Texas Ranger
William MacLeod Raine
Word Origin and History for riata
1846, from Spanish reata (see lariat).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper