Definition of rodeo in English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Romantic comedies rank near the bottom of my list of entertainment preferences, just above professional wrestling and rodeo.’
    • ‘The electric bull gives city folk the means to live out their rodeo aspirations.’
    • ‘Sometimes, after rodeos, he would sing country songs at the dances.’
    • ‘In Fort Worth horses evoke rodeo and Baltimore is home to the Preakness Stakes, one of the races that make up the triple crown.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Jane thought, amazed, that there honestly wasn't one thing about rodeos she didn't find absolutely entertaining.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I worked with horses, broke the young ones, rode in the rodeos.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Jane smiled to herself as she walked back into Ty's room; she couldn't wait to go to the rodeos with him.’
    • ‘Even at the rodeo, I would paint the guys before or after, but not on the bulls.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They had a ranch there, and put on rodeos for the public as well.’
    1. 1.1An exhibition or contest demonstrating 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. 2.1An 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.’
    • ‘Land more 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.’
    • ‘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.’


  • Compete in a rodeo.

    • ‘I have great memories from those days, just singing all night long and rodeoing during the day and I like the rodeo group.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My grandfather and father all rodeoed, my brother and sister rodeoed.’
    • ‘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 around based on Latin rotare rotate.