rodeo

[ roh-dee-oh, roh-dey-oh ]
/ ˈroʊ diˌoʊ, roʊˈdeɪ oʊ /

noun, plural ro·de·os.

a public exhibition of cowboy skills, as bronco riding and calf roping.
a roundup of cattle.
Informal. any contest offering prizes in various events: a bicycle rodeo for kids under twelve.
(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.

to participate or compete in a rodeo or rodeos: He's been rodeoing since he was twelve.

QUIZZES

HEED THE VOX POPULI, AND TAKE THIS WORD OF THE DAY QUIZ!

Test your memory on these verbal firecrackers from the week of June 29 to July 5!
Question 1 of 7
anchorite

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for rodeo

British Dictionary definitions for rodeo

rodeo
/ (ˈrəʊdɪˌəʊ) /

noun plural -os mainly US and Canadian

a display of the skills of cowboys, including bareback riding, steer wrangling, etc
the rounding up of cattle for branding, counting, inspection, etc
an enclosure for cattle that have been rounded up

Word Origin for rodeo

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