vaquero

[ vah-kair-oh; Spanish bah-ke-raw ]
/ vɑˈkɛər oʊ; Spanish bɑˈkɛ rɔ /

noun, plural va·que·ros [vah-kair-ohz; Spanish bah-ke-raws] /vɑˈkɛər oʊz; Spanish bɑˈkɛ rɔs/. Southwestern U.S.

a cowboy or herdsman.

Origin of vaquero

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


n.

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

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