from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A public competition or exhibition in which skills such as riding broncos or roping calves are displayed.
- n. A cattle roundup.
- n. An enclosure for keeping cattle that have been rounded up.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A North American sport involving skills with horses, cows and other livestock.
- n. An entertainment event associated with the sport.
Spanish, corral, rodeo, from rodear, to surround, from rueda, wheel, from Latin rota.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Spanish verb rodear (to “surround”), and specifically rodeo, noun derived from the verb, which refers to a cattle roundup. (Wiktionary)