Definition of lariat in English:

lariat

noun

  • A rope used as a lasso or for tethering.

    • ‘The painting classes in the film focus on mountain landscapes, still-life studies of ‘the West’ such as a western saddle and lariat, and life drawings of local Stoney people posed cross-legged in front of a picturesque teepee.’
    • ‘This person is presented with a replica of an original Indian arrowhead mounted with copper wire and attached to a leather lariat.’
    • ‘The teenage boy kept his eyes on the young cow before him, he took out his lariat, then tugged at his wet, leather gloves, flinching when they rubbed a blister.’
    • ‘He threw his lariat and it looped around a cow's neck, then he yanked it tight.’
    • ‘One journalist described Madison as a ‘Montana ranch girl, expert in the art of whirling a lariat arid revolver marksmanship.’’
    • ‘Their stocky Indian driver, pigtailed and black-hatted, followed them astride a mule and quirted their hindquarters with a length of rope which he swung like a lariat.’
    • ‘I sat there, currently in a very indifferent mood, braiding together plastic strings to make lariats or something like that.’
    • ‘The entire cargo was secured to the aparejo by means of the lariat, some 50-60 ft of cord, looped over and under in the celebrated ‘diamond hitch’.’
    • ‘For those who like a more sedate evening minus the cowboy whoops and lariats, Jockey Club may be the best place to be in.’
    • ‘Abandoning the boat, expert horsemen Floyd and Gordon Takes Gun rode into the floodwaters with lariats and rescued twenty-seven people.’
    • ‘They bought a lariat and a gun and, one morning, lay in ambush for the milkman, nearly killing him.’
    • ‘It might be a twirl or a flick or the tap of a lariat or a longe line or a whip.’
    • ‘Looking at them, you really do think of twirling lariats, and here the vaguely bordello colors, along with a kind of supercharged motion, suggest a semi-frantic, but also humorous, licentiousness.’
    • ‘Then they have all those places to put stuff, like your rifle and your lariat and your blanket.’
    • ‘The western side of the country/western equation is established by Froos's glittery Broadway cowgirl costume and by the gorgeous chorus girls' twirling of crepe-paper lariats.’
    • ‘Through the window, I watch a man practice for the calf-roping event by tossing his lariat over anybody who passes by.’
    • ‘A gaggle of cowboys walk by en route to the rodeo tent, lariats swinging.’
    • ‘Shebala and his son Sheldon, 24, used lariats to tie up one of the animals legs force it to lie on the ground.’
    • ‘As he reached the ground his pony started to run and was dragging the body which was evidently attached by a lariat to the pommel of his saddle.’
    • ‘They watched as Luke let loose his lariat, it flew through the air and wrapped around his intended target - his little sister.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Spanish la reata from la the and reatar tie again (based on Latin aptare adjust, from aptus apt, fitting).

Pronunciation:

lariat

/ˈlarɪət/