Definition of vaquero in US English:



  • (in Spanish-speaking parts of the US) a cowboy; a cattle driver.

    • ‘Even so, I was surprised to find Spanish vaqueros - cowboys - in the western province of Extremadura, were still herding cattle on horseback.’
    • ‘Many of today's trainers use similar training methods and ride with the same style of equipment as used by those gifted vaqueros.’
    • ‘De Yong took note of these changes, and in September 1926 he moved to the California vaquero country near Santa Barbara to study bronze casting with western artist Ed Borein.’
    • ‘The lore of the gun tells us that back in the 19th Century, the Mexican vaquero, much like the American cowboy, was an independent and self-reliant sort who often made it a point to carry a handgun.’
    • ‘What started in the mid-1800s on Southern California's huge ranchos as a means of feeding a large number of vaqueros continues every weekend on portable barbecues along Santa Maria's main street, Broadway.’
    • ‘Two years later the king requested that three California mission vaqueros come to Hawai'i to teach Hawaiians how to handle cattle from horseback.’
    • ‘He wanted his men to ride like Comanches, and he borrowed some techniques and equipment from Mexican vaqueros.’
    • ‘At Lethem on the Brazilian frontier there's a big rodeo every Easter, attended by many rugged vaqueros from both sides of the border.’
    • ‘‘A good horseman can ride any horse and it's the same with dancing,’ said the vaqueros and it was true.’
    • ‘On his way to Montana, he traps beaver with Jim Bridger, pans for gold in Colorado, visits with Kit Carson in New Mexico, and finds himself in most desperate situations with Navajos, Comanches, Apaches, and Mexican vaqueros.’
    • ‘Through the support of a Corporate Partner family, the association works to keep the vaquero tradition alive in today's equine industry.’
    • ‘Cody is again dressed in buckskins instead of his vaquero outfit.’
    • ‘The new Rodeo almost passes for a literal bucking bronco roundup, jam-packed with so many vaqueros that I feel naked without a Mexican-style cowboy hat of my own.’
    • ‘The American cowboy has roots that directly trace back to the Mexican vaqueros, and Arizona itself has very strong Spanish ties.’
    • ‘Kids, dressed up as little vaqueros, imitated and practiced the steps that the grown-ups were dancing.’
    • ‘As cattle ranching spread northward into California and Texas, Americans adopted the tools and techniques of the vaquero.’
    • ‘Today's art of cowboying is the same as it was 150 years ago, when cowboys in the Spanish vaquero tradition roamed mountain ranges and low-slung plains.’
    • ‘He had little trouble hazing his quarry back toward the bunch that some vaqueros, including Cipriano, were keeping track of.’


Spanish, from vaca ‘cow’.