Southwestern U.S. a cowboy or herdsman.
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How to use vaquero in a sentence
My dad was a vaquero, transporting cattle via horse and sleeping outside, occasionally for days at a time.
No horse is mine;––if I walk abroad for my own health a vaquero ever is after me that I ride back with no fatigue to myself!The Treasure Trail | Marah Ellis Ryan
One vaquero sent his rope flying through the air, and the loop settled over a big, hairy fore paw.Stories of California | Ella M. Sexton
Wilkes describes him as a dashing, gay "vaquero," half-Indian in his characteristics, but very useful to the new community.Early Western Travels 1748-1846, Volume XXX | Joel Palmer
Accordingly, the vaquero was directed to look after the mules while Frank and Joe went to work with pick, shovel, and pan.Digging for Gold | R.M. Ballantyne
Prodding his belly persistently, the vaquero followed him back, step by step.The Wolf Cub | Patrick Casey