a woman who herds and tends cattle on a ranch, especially in the western U.S., and who traditionally goes about most of her work on horseback.
a woman who exhibits the skills attributed to such cowgirls, especially in rodeos.

1880–85, Americanism; cow1 + girl Unabridged
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cowboy (ˈkaʊˌbɔɪ)
1.  Also called: cowhand a hired man who herds and tends cattle, usually on horseback, esp in the western US
2.  a conventional character of Wild West folklore, films, etc, esp one involved in fighting Indians
3.  informal
 a.  a person who is an irresponsible or unscrupulous operator in business
 b.  (as modifier): cowboy contractors; cowboy shop steward
4.  (Austral) a man or boy who tends cattle
fem n

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Example sentences
Eye whites flash, hyperboles pop, the mic cord is whipped around cowgirl-style.
Lisa poses with her cowgirl-topped birthday cake, a surprise treat from friends.
However, cowboy hats may not be worn by anyone who isn't technically a cowboy or a cowgirl.
Grab the reins and become a cowboy, or cowgirl, for the day.
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