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rodeo (rō´dēō, rōdā´ō), public exhibition of the skill of cowboys in various activities. Events include riding broncos, riding steers, "bulldogging" steers, roping and tying steers and calves, the use of the lasso, and other less closely related activities such as contests of marksmanship. The rodeo was originally merely an adjunct to the roundup, a contest of skill between various cow hands, but the spectacle became popular in the late 1880s and 90s and gradually took on more and more of the aspects of a circus. Today there are many professional rodeo performers who spend their time going from one exhibition to another. There are annual rodeos at many places in the West; in the East the rodeos normally travel like the circus and take place in indoor arenas.

See C. P. Westermeier, Man, Beast, Dust (1947, repr. 1987); M. S. Robertson, Rodeo (1961); F. Schnell, Rodeo (1971); K. Fredriksson, American Rodeo (1985).

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ro·de·o / ˈrōdēˌō; rəˈdāō/ • n. (pl. -de·os) 1. an exhibition or contest in which cowboys show their skill at riding broncos, roping calves, wrestling steers, etc. ∎  a similar exhibition or contest demonstrating other skills, such as motorcycle riding or canoeing. 2. a roundup of cattle on a ranch for branding, counting, etc. ∎  an enclosure for such a roundup. • v. (-de·oed, -de·o·ing) [intr.] compete in a rodeo. ORIGIN: mid 19th cent.: from Spanish, from rodear ‘go around,’ based on Latin rotare ‘rotate.’

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rodeo Sport with origins in the practical work of a cowboy. A major entertainment in North America, its seven main events are saddle bronco (unbroken horse) riding, bareback bronco riding, bull-riding, calf-roping, single-steer roping and team-roping, and steer-wrestling.

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Rodeo. Ballet in 1 act by Copland, 1942, choreog. and lib. by Agnes de Mille. Sub-titled ‘The Courting at Burnt Ranch’ and set (like Billy the Kid) in America's Wild West. Uses traditional songs. Prod. 1942. Suite of 4 movts. for orch. 1943.

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rodeo round-up of cattle XIX; exhibition of lassooing, etc. XX. — Sp., f. rodear go round, based on L. rotāre ROTATE.

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