Definition of rodeo in English:


Pronunciation: /rə(ʊ)ˈdeɪəʊ//ˈrəʊdɪəʊ/


  • 1An exhibition or contest in which cowboys show their skill at riding broncos, roping calves, wrestling steers, etc.

    [as modifier] ‘a rodeo rider’
    [mass noun] ‘calf-ropers are the whizz-kids of rodeo’
    • ‘The electric bull gives city folk the means to live out their rodeo aspirations.’
    • ‘He is a motherless boy with an irresponsible alcoholic father, a fading rodeo star, who has trouble holding down a job and keeping the household together.’
    • ‘I worked with horses, broke the young ones, rode in the rodeos.’
    • ‘The catalyst for the piece, as Carlson instructed us in advance, was a spell of aphasia resulting from an accident she sustained while studying rodeo skills.’
    • ‘All of his movies seem to be the same, except for that one where he wore a cowboy hat and they tried to rope and hogtie him at the rodeo.’
    • ‘It didn't help his ego that Ty was doing better than him in the rodeos this year.’
    • ‘The portraits - one depicting a black female rodeo rider, the other a white male steer wrestler - are, at 20 by 16 inches each, modest in scale.’
    • ‘I'm doing a college paper on rodeos, more specifically Saddle Bronc Riding, and I was wondering if you could tell me a little bit about it?’
    • ‘Set against the sweeping vistas of Wyoming and Texas, it is the story of a range-hand and a rodeo cowboy who meet in the summer of 1963 and unexpectedly forge a lifelong connection.’
    • ‘May, who lives in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, has for years conducted an illicit affair with a rodeo cowboy named Eddie.’
    • ‘Sometimes, after rodeos, he would sing country songs at the dances.’
    • ‘Once out west, the bus makes a scheduled stop in Fairfield where the annual rodeo is in progress.’
    • ‘They had a ranch there, and put on rodeos for the public as well.’
    • ‘In Fort Worth horses evoke rodeo and Baltimore is home to the Preakness Stakes, one of the races that make up the triple crown.’
    • ‘Cade was moving towards the squeeze chute that restrained the cow while the injection was given, the same contraption Erin had seen rodeos use when cowboys mounted the steers.’
    • ‘An electrical engineer in Florida, he has participated in competitive rodeos since age 10.’
    • ‘Romantic comedies rank near the bottom of my list of entertainment preferences, just above professional wrestling and rodeo.’
    • ‘Even at the rodeo, I would paint the guys before or after, but not on the bulls.’
    • ‘Jane smiled to herself as she walked back into Ty's room; she couldn't wait to go to the rodeos with him.’
    • ‘Jane thought, amazed, that there honestly wasn't one thing about rodeos she didn't find absolutely entertaining.’
    1. 1.1An exhibition or contest demonstrating other skills, such as motorcycle riding or canoeing.
      ‘white-water rodeos usually last two or three days’
  • 2A round-up of cattle on a ranch for branding, counting, etc.

    gathering together, collecting up, collection, assembly, assembling, rally, rallying, muster, mustering, marshalling
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    1. 2.1An enclosure on a ranch in which cattle are rounded up for branding, counting, etc.
  • 3(in snowboarding and surfing) an aerial manoeuvre combining a forward or backward flip with a rotation.

    ‘a textbook backside rodeo’
    • ‘You did the Frontside 540 Rodeo Flip, in '88.’
    • ‘Progressive surfers are now launching as high as eight feet (no kite strings attached), pulling airs, alley-oops, and extraordinarily difficult rodeo flips.’
    • ‘The drill is to charge downslope at the towering ramp and catapult off the top lip into a McTwist, a Rodeo Flip, or some other contortion.’
    • ‘Rodeo flips, misty flips and back flips are just a small selection of his skiing repertoire.’
    • ‘This opened the door for Boyd Easley who pipped Jon Olsson to the post in the finals with a difficult trick: switch rodeo 720 mute grab.’
    • ‘Land more rodeo flips.’


  • Compete in a rodeo.

    ‘I either rodeoed, or went hunting or fishing’
    • ‘The vintage black and white photographs tell the tales of the days when rough stock, rodeoing and breeding great horses ruled the way of life.’
    • ‘My grandfather and father all rodeoed, my brother and sister rodeoed.’
    • ‘He spent his youth rodeoing, riding saddle and bareback broncs.’
    • ‘I have great memories from those days, just singing all night long and rodeoing during the day and I like the rodeo group.’
    • ‘When you start rodeoing you meet people, and usually, unless they're only seasonal, you keep on seeing them.’


Mid 19th century: from Spanish, from rodear go round, based on Latin rotare rotate.