[ roh-dee-oh, roh-dey-oh ]
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noun,plural ro·de·os.
  1. a public exhibition of cowboy skills, as bronco riding and calf roping.

  2. a roundup of cattle.

  1. Informal. any contest offering prizes in various events: a bicycle rodeo for kids under twelve.

  2. (initial capital letter, italics) a ballet (1942) choreographed by Agnes de Mille, with musical score by Aaron Copland.

verb (used without object),ro·de·oed, ro·de·o·ing.
  1. to participate or compete in a rodeo or rodeos: He's been rodeoing since he was twelve.

Origin of rodeo

1825–35; <Spanish: cattle ring, derivative of rodear to go round, itself derivative of rueda wheel <Latin rota

Other words from rodeo

  • ro·de·o·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for rodeo


/ (ˈrəʊdɪˌəʊ) /

nounplural -os mainly US and Canadian
  1. a display of the skills of cowboys, including bareback riding, steer wrangling, etc

  2. the rounding up of cattle for branding, counting, inspection, etc

  1. an enclosure for cattle that have been rounded up

Origin of rodeo

C19: from Spanish, from rodear to go around, from rueda a wheel, from Latin rota

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