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[gou-choh; Spanish gou-chaw] /ˈgaʊ tʃoʊ; Spanish ˈgaʊ tʃɔ/
noun, plural gauchos
[gou-chohz; Spanish gou-chaws] /ˈgaʊ tʃoʊz; Spanish ˈgaʊ tʃɔs/ (Show IPA)
a native cowboy of the South American pampas, usually of mixed Spanish and Indian ancestry.
gauchos, Also called gaucho pants. wide, calf-length trousers for men or women modeled after the trousers worn by South American gauchos.
1815-25; < American Spanish < Arawak cachu comrade Unabridged
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Examples from the web for gauchos
  • Horses are cherished here, lovingly cared for by dedicated gauchos.
  • Servers dressed as gauchos provide tableside samplings of barbecued meat on skewers.
  • It's broadly popular but especially loved by gauchos and farmers.
  • It is a tradition of gauchos and part of their culture.
British Dictionary definitions for gauchos


noun (pl) -chos
a cowboy of the South American pampas, usually one of mixed Spanish and Indian descent
Word Origin
C19: from American Spanish, probably from Quechuan wáhcha orphan, vagabond
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Word Origin and History for gauchos



1824, from Spanish, probably from a native South American language, cf. Araucanian cauchu "wanderer."

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