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rodeo

[roh-dee-oh, roh-dey-oh] /ˈroʊ diˌoʊ, roʊˈdeɪ oʊ/
noun, plural rodeos.
1.
a public exhibition of cowboy skills, as bronco riding and calf roping.
2.
a roundup of cattle.
3.
Informal. any contest offering prizes in various events:
a bicycle rodeo for kids under twelve.
4.
(initial capital letter, italics) a ballet (1942) choreographed by Agnes de Mille, with musical score by Aaron Copland.
verb (used without object), rodeoed, rodeoing.
5.
to participate or compete in a rodeo or rodeos:
He's been rodeoing since he was twelve.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; < Spanish: cattle ring, derivative of rodear to go round, itself derivative of rueda wheel < Latin rota
Related forms
rodeoer, noun
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Examples from the web for rodeo
  • They paid dues, rode their horses in parades, and directed traffic at the rodeo where my sister first laid eyes on her cowboy.
  • Unless you're attending the rodeo or an all night disco.
  • Learn about a horse's gait and check out authentic rodeo gear.
  • Twice a year, inmates enjoy a rodeo on the prison grounds with barbecues and bull riding.
  • Low brick buildings face the wide streets of the state capital, home to the world's largest outdoor rodeo every summer.
  • End of the week was a rodeo against a neighboring guest ranch.
  • Health care provider directory interested in the health and safety of rodeo athletes.
British Dictionary definitions for rodeo

rodeo

/ˈrəʊdɪˌəʊ/
noun (mainly US & Canadian) (pl) -os
1.
a display of the skills of cowboys, including bareback riding, steer wrangling, etc
2.
the rounding up of cattle for branding, counting, inspection, etc
3.
an enclosure for cattle that have been rounded up
Word Origin
C19: from Spanish, from rodear to go around, from rueda a wheel, from Latin rota
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Word Origin and History for rodeo
n.

1914 as public entertainment show of horse-riding skill, from earlier meaning "cattle round-up" (1834), from Spanish rodeo, "pen for cattle at a fair or market," literally "a going round," from rodear "go round, surround," related to rodare "revolve, roll," from Latin rotare "go around" (see rotary).

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