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[vah-kair-oh; Spanish bah-ke-raw]
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noun, plural va·que·ros [vah-kair-ohz; Spanish bah-ke-raws] /vɑˈkɛər oʊz; Spanish bɑˈkɛ rɔs/. Southwestern U.S.
  1. a cowboy or herdsman.
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Origin of vaquero

1790–1800; < Spanish, equivalent to vac(a) cow (< Latin vacca) + -ero < Latin -ārius -ary
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Related Words for vaquero

rancher, herder, herdsman, breeder, bronco, cowboy, wrangler, vaquero, cowherd, gaucho, goatherd, sheepherder, buckaroo, cowpuncher, cowhand, cattleman, shepherd, grazier, drover, cowpoke

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Historical Examples of vaquero

  • While the vaquero was talking the invaders came into view, riding fast.

    When the West Was Young

    Frederick R. Bechdolt

  • The vaquero, therefore, did all in his power to make his guests comfortable for the night.

  • The vaquero with his horse soon dragged the vicuñas to the hut.

  • But yesterday a vaquero gave me the news that she has lately died.

    Wood Rangers

    Mayne Reid

  • Another interval of silence succeeded to the narrative of the vaquero.

    Wood Rangers

    Mayne Reid

Word Origin and History for vaquero


1826, from Spanish, literally "cowboy," from vaca "cow," from Latin vacca (see vaccination).

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