Definition of rodeo in English:



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

    • ‘Jane thought, amazed, that there honestly wasn't one thing about rodeos she didn't find absolutely entertaining.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Jane smiled to herself as she walked back into Ty's room; she couldn't wait to go to the rodeos with him.’
    • ‘They had a ranch there, and put on rodeos for the public as well.’
    • ‘Even at the rodeo, I would paint the guys before or after, but not on the bulls.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It didn't help his ego that Ty was doing better than him in the rodeos this year.’
    • ‘Once out west, the bus makes a scheduled stop in Fairfield where the annual rodeo is in progress.’
    • ‘An electrical engineer in Florida, he has participated in competitive rodeos since age 10.’
    • ‘I worked with horses, broke the young ones, rode in the rodeos.’
    • ‘The electric bull gives city folk the means to live out their rodeo aspirations.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In Fort Worth horses evoke rodeo and Baltimore is home to the Preakness Stakes, one of the races that make up the triple crown.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Sometimes, after rodeos, he would sing country songs at the dances.’
    • ‘Romantic comedies rank near the bottom of my list of entertainment preferences, just above professional wrestling and rodeo.’
    1. 1.1 An exhibition or contest demonstrating other skills, such as motorcycle riding or canoeing.
  • 2A roundup 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. 2.1 An enclosure for a roundup of cattle.
  • 3(in snowboarding and surfing) an aerial maneuver combining a forward or backward flip with a rotation.

    ‘her backside rodeo landed her on her back’
    • ‘Rodeo flips, misty flips and back flips are just a small selection of his skiing repertoire.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Land more rodeo flips.’


  • Compete in a rodeo.

    • ‘He spent his youth rodeoing, riding saddle and bareback broncs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When you start rodeoing you meet people, and usually, unless they're only seasonal, you keep on seeing them.’
    • ‘My grandfather and father all rodeoed, my brother and sister rodeoed.’
    • ‘I have great memories from those days, just singing all night long and rodeoing during the day and I like the rodeo group.’


  • not be someone's first rodeo (or not be someone's first time at the rodeo)

    • Used to indicate that someone is not naive or inexperienced.

      ‘I'm a professional. This ain't my first time at the rodeo’
      • ‘This isn't my first rodeo, though. I've worked in professional racing since 1984.’
      • ‘But this isn't our first time at the rodeo, we have years of Olympic watching under our belts.’
      • ‘The cover remained because this wasn't the city's first rodeo in terms of keeping things hush-hush - not with the NSA in town.’
      • ‘I'm ready for the race. This isn't my first rodeo.’
      • ‘Well, you know, this is my 13th year in the mayor's office and this is not our first rodeo.’
      • ‘The Tampa Bay Buccaneers sure know how to block punts, this isn't their first rodeo.’
      • ‘"It's not my first time at the rodeo," he told The Washington Times.’
      • ‘Then again, this isn't her first time at the rodeo - Coppola has previously served as a guest editor for French Vogue.’
      • ‘Strauses Colin and Greg are taking up directing duties here, and while this isn't their first rodeo, it's damn sure their biggest.’
      • ‘It's not your first rodeo and it's not congresswoman Blackburn's. 96% of the congress gets returned to office.’


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