Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A long rope with a running noose at one end, used especially to catch horses and cattle. Also called lariat.
  • transitive v. To catch with or as if with such a long rope.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A long rope with a sliding loop on one end, generally used in ranching to catch cattle and horses.
  • n. An image-editing function allowing the user to capture an irregularly-shaped object by drawing an approximate outline.
  • v. To catch with a lasso.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A rope or long thong of leather with a running noose, used for catching horses, cattle, etc.
  • transitive v. To catch with a lasso.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To catch or capture by means of a lasso.
  • n. A long rope or cord of hide (from 60 to 100 feet), having a running noose at one end, used especially in the Spanish (or originally Spanish or Portuguese) parts of America for catching horses and wild cattle.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a long noosed rope used to catch animals
  • n. Belgian composer (1532-1594)
  • v. catch with a lasso

Etymologies

Spanish lazo, from Vulgar Latin *laceum, noose; see lace.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish lazo, from Vulgar Latin *laceum, from Latin laqueus. (Wiktionary)

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  • I've heard both /læˈsu�?/ and /'læsoʊ/.

    October 9, 2009

  • Odd that the usual (?) English pronunciations /ləˈsuː/ or /læˈsuː/ are not more commonly reflected in the spelling: 'lassoo' exists (though not yet in OED 1989 edition) but is quite rare.

    August 4, 2008

  • lariat

    May 27, 2008