vaquero

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

noun, plural va·que·ros [vah-kair-ohz; Spanish vah-ke-raws]. /vɑˈkɛər oʊz; Spanish vɑˈkɛ rɔs/.

Southwestern U.S. a cowboy or herdsman.

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Origin of vaquero

First recorded in 1790–1800; from Spanish, equivalent to vac(a) “cow” (from Latin vacca ) + -ero (from Latin -ārius ); see -ary
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