[roh-dee-oh, roh-dey-oh]
noun, plural rodeos.
a public exhibition of cowboy skills, as bronco riding and calf roping.
a roundup of cattle.
Informal. any contest offering prizes in various events: a bicycle rodeo for kids under twelve.
(initial capital letter, italics) a ballet (1942) choreographed by Agnes de Mille, with musical score by Aaron Copland.
verb (used without object), rodeoed, rodeoing.
to participate or compete in a rodeo or rodeos: He's been rodeoing since he was twelve.

1825–35; < Spanish: cattle ring, derivative of rodear to go round, itself derivative of rueda wheel < Latin rota

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rodeo (ˈrəʊdɪˌəʊ)
n , 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
[C19: from Spanish, from rodear to go around, from rueda a wheel, from Latin rota]

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Word Origin & History

1914 as public entertainment show of horse-riding skill, from earlier meaning "cattle round-up" (1834), from Sp., "pen for cattle at a fair or market," lit. "a going round," from rodear "go round, surround," related to rodare "revolve, roll," from L. rotare "go around" (see rotary).
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Example sentences
They paid dues, rode their horses in parades, and directed traffic at the rodeo where my sister first laid eyes on her cowboy.
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.
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