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

  • 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.
  • To catch or capture by means of a lasso.

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)

Examples

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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