Definition of riata in English:

riata

(also reata, riato, riatta)

noun

  • A long light rope, usually of rawhide or hemp, used chiefly for catching livestock or tethering animals.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Californian. From Spanish reata rope used for tethering animals, in Mexican Spanish also lasso from reatar to tie again from re- + atar to tie from classical Latin aptāre to fit, adapt. Compare Portuguese reata.

Pronunciation

riata

/rɪˈɑːtə/