Definition of rodeo in English:


Pronunciation /ˈrōdēˌō/ /ˈroʊdiˌoʊ/ /rōˈdāō/ /roʊˈdeɪoʊ/

Translate rodeo into Spanish


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

    as modifier ‘a rodeo rider’
    • ‘calf-ropers are the whiz-kids of 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘The electric bull gives city folk the means to live out their rodeo aspirations.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I worked with horses, broke the young ones, rode in the rodeos.’
    • ‘Sometimes, after rodeos, he would sing country songs at the dances.’
    • ‘Jane smiled to herself as she walked back into Ty's room; she couldn't wait to go to the rodeos with him.’
    • ‘It didn't help his ego that Ty was doing better than him in the rodeos this year.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In Fort Worth horses evoke rodeo and Baltimore is home to the Preakness Stakes, one of the races that make up the triple crown.’
    • ‘They had a ranch there, and put on rodeos for the public as well.’
    • ‘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 roundup of cattle on a ranch for branding, counting, etc.

    gathering together, collecting up, collection, assembly, assembling, rally, rallying, muster, mustering, marshalling
    1. 2.1An enclosure for a roundup of cattle.
  • 3

    (also rodeo flip)
    (in snowboarding and surfing) an aerial maneuver combining a forward or backward flip with a rotation.

    ‘her backside rodeo landed her on her back’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You did the Frontside 540 Rodeo Flip, in '88.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Progressive surfers are now launching as high as eight feet (no kite strings attached), pulling airs, alley-oops, and extraordinarily difficult rodeo flips.’
    • ‘Rodeo flips, misty flips and back flips are just a small selection of his skiing repertoire.’

intransitive verbrodeos, rodeoing, rodeoed

[no object]
  • Compete in a rodeo.

    ‘I either rodeoed, or went hunting or fishing’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I have great memories from those days, just singing all night long and rodeoing during the day and I like the rodeo group.’
    • ‘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.’


    not be someone's first rodeo
    North American
    • Used to indicate that someone is not naive or inexperienced.

      ‘this isn't his first rodeo, he surely knows better’
      • ‘I'm a professional. This ain't my first time at the rodeo’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Strauses Colin and Greg are taking up directing duties here, and while this isn't their first rodeo, it's damn sure their biggest.’
      • ‘This isn't my first rodeo, though. I've worked in professional racing since 1984.’
      • ‘It's not your first rodeo and it's not congresswoman Blackburn's. 96% of the congress gets returned to office.’
      • ‘"It's not my first time at the rodeo," he told The Washington Times.’
      • ‘The Tampa Bay Buccaneers sure know how to block punts, this isn't their first rodeo.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But this isn't our first time at the rodeo, we have years of Olympic watching under our belts.’
      • ‘Then again, this isn't her first time at the rodeo - Coppola has previously served as a guest editor for French Vogue.’


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